Teaching Children to Cycle Safely
Adults play an important role
Adults play an important role in helping children learn good cycling habits by:
- Making sure children use the right safety equipment.
- Having clear rules.
- Discussing good cycling habits.
- Being a good role model - always follow the rules of the road.
Enroll your kids in cycling classes
Cycling education courses, such as CAN BIKE, which offers bike skills training and on-road practice to help kids learn to ride safely.
Young Cyclist’s Guide
Review good cycling habits with your child before you start riding together. Read the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Young Cyclist’s Guide together to help your child understand the importance of cycling safely.
When and where can my child ride alone?Say "no" to under 10
Children under 10 years of age should not ride their bikes on the road. Most children at this age have not developed the necessary motor skills and judgment to ride safely in traffic without adult supervision.Riding on the sidewalk
In Brampton and Mississauga, bikes with wheels diameters less than 50 cm (20 inches) are allowed on city sidewalks unless the sidewalk is part of a bicycle path or the rider is directly crossing a sidewalk.
Therefore these by-laws do allow children to cycle on the sidewalk until they develop the skills to handle themselves safely in traffic.
- Read the City or Brampton’s General Traffic by-law 93-93 (PDF 143KB)
- Read the City of Mississauga’s Traffic By-law 555-00 (PDF 233KB)