Many people throughout Canada live in neighbourhoods where kids don’t have a safe place to learn to ride, so they end up trying to learn on the sidewalk or in the street. In a neighbourhood with a bicycle playground, parents can teach kids to ride in an area created just for that. Open spaces allow for better sight lines for parents to watch their kids without getting in the way of their fun.
There’s added motivation for kids to learn to ride, since they’re witnessing other kids riding and having fun. Your kids may improve their social skills while building confidence in their own abilities.
Bicycle playgrounds have benefits that kids never think about, yet sit at the top of the list for recreation professionals, such as getting kids outside, learning balance, gaining strength, focusing on and completing tasks, and interacting with other kids. Bicycle playgrounds also teach kids to practice taking turns as they complete laps around the track. Children who are physically active at a young age are more likely to maintain their physical fitness through adulthood, which reduces age-related maladies and diseases.
American Ramp Company has built some amazing bicycle playgrounds for communities across the country. Check out our past projects to get a sense of what’s possible for your community.