06 Feb '12, 12pm

Look dad! No Hands! The travails of teaching kids to bike in the city

Look dad! No Hands! The travails of teaching kids to bike in the city

The author's son Dean shows off his skills near their home in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Joel Gwadz.) Mark Twain once wrote, “Get a bicycle. You will not regret it. If you live.” This is true. Riding a bike is potentially dangerous, particularly in this era of turbo powered autos and text messaging. But if you don’t tangle with the cars, biking is an enriching activity that is not only fun but also good for your health, and in my years as an urban cyclist, I have come to understand the dangers, and avoid them. Still, I can get anxious about these dangers when riding with my kids. Even as an “alterna-dad,” I still have some qualities of a modern helicopter parent. My wife and I micromanage every second for our sons Dean and Grant, who are 10 and 7 years old, from coaching them on each spoonful of cereal in the morning to an overly involved tuck-in routine at bedtime. Our fa...

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