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Cycling Safely - Riding Safely

Riding with children

Single file riders, yellow jersey at back

Use care and caution when cycling with young children who are too young to ride themselves. Keep in mind that a bicycle child seat, mounted behind the bicycle, may alter your centre of gravity while riding. This may increase the risk of losing balance. Take extra caution when placing and removing the child from the carrier. Never leave your bike unattended when a child is in the carrier.

An alternative way to carry children is to use a child bicycle trailer, which is towed behind. Bike trailers are stable and not prone to tipping. Most trailers are attached either directly to the bike frame or the seat post by means of a universal joint (also called a “u-joint”).

Children are required to wear an approved bicycle helmet when riding in a child carrier or a bicycle trailer.