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Kids and Biking Resources

Ride Illinois’ kids’ bike safety sheets: We have versions for Older Kids and Younger Kids elementary school children and parent tips.

BikeSafetyQuiz.com: Ride Illinois’s bike safety quiz has a version for children, geared mainly for 4th and 5th graders (or younger, with adult help). Users learn key safety techniques and relevant state laws in an interactive quiz format.

How to Teach a Child to Ride a Bike: An article written for REI with one of the experts for the article being Ride Illinois’ Gina Kenny, who has taught more than 500 kids and adults how to ride. Need more help? You can schedule a class or private lesson here. Some park districts and REI also have how to ride a bike classes.

Kids On Bikes In Illinois: A 12-page pamphlet previously printed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Bicycle Rules of the Road: From the Illinois Secretary of State, an eight-page booklet with general rules for all bicyclists, but geared toward younger riders.

Family Biking Guide: The San Fransisco Bicycle Coalition’s “How-to manual for all stages of family biking—from biking while pregnant to biking your child to school.”

Winter Biking with Kids: Written by Ride Illinois Program Director Gin Kilgore, this piece covers clothes, visibility, and different options for carrying kids when the temperature drops, and the days shorten.

Guide To Bicycle Rodeos: We recommend this detailed guide for those conducting bike rodeos.