Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Independent Riders!

One of my goals for the summer was to have two girls who could ride their bikes independently. I was getting a bit worried that this might not happen since they expressed no interest whatsoever in riding once Len took their training wheels off. Although they could both ride their balance bikes with ease, combining balancing with pedaling was proving to be a challenge so they fell back to using their scooters most afternoons.

Enter peer pressure.

They noticed that the neighbor boys (one of whom is younger than them by a year), sailing past our house on two wheels. Ah motivation!

It only took three evenings after supper to have them up and riding around like champs.

This was Lucy's attempt last night:

Lucy riding bike from Lisa on Vimeo.

And Kate's last night:

Kate riding bike from Lisa on Vimeo.

By tonight, they were breezing around the driveway and out onto the street and back. With little car traffic and no sidewalks full of commuters from the EL, it is MUCH easier to navigate two kids on bikes.

Here's Kate's inaugural ride alone:

Kate bikes alone from Lisa on Vimeo.

And Lucy's:

Lucy rides alone from Lisa on Vimeo.

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