Getting your kids out on their bikes opens up all sorts of adventures. It’s not only good healthy exercise, but your kids can go further on two wheels, plus if you equip your bike correctly, you can bring more things for a picnic.
However, there’s one problem, and it’s certainly a big one that limits our family’s two-wheeled adventures: the traffic is a nightmare.
Better family cycling: Traffic Free
But I hope that’s not put you off, as there is plenty of traffic-free, or almost traffic-free, cycle routes.
The problem is where to find them.
If I had the time and money, I’d list a lot more traffic-free cycle routes here on Get Out With The Kids, as finding them this is a real problem for us parents.
You can find some cycle routes here on GOWTK and below we’ve listed other websites where you can find family-friendly and traffic-free cycle routes.
Places to Cycle with Toddlers and Very Young Kids
Similarly, the Forestry Commission, well known for having many bike trails for older children, have many easy trails where your kids can take their first few pedal strokes in the forest.
Traffic-Free Cycling with Older Children
Once your child can cycle unsupported, then its time to let them find their bike confidence.
I recommend starting them off with flat and paved areas that aren’t too long.
Introduce them to off-road cycling. Most importantly, this is learning not to come off on gravel and dirt by showing them how to break and balance on these surfaces. Most of the forest trails will be like this.
Taking it to the next level
Those, of course, are not all the places to you can find to cycle. Here are other places to find cycle routes, but these aren’t traffic-free and beginner-friendly!
- Find cycle routes on OS Maps
- Find cycle routes on Sustrans
- Cycle Routes on Let’s Ride
- Mountain Biking trails on More Dirt
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