Most weekends, Justin and Kat, and their three kids— Jai, 8, Bodhe, 6 and Lakyn, 4—hop on their bikes for a new family adventure to explore their local area.
“We encouraged our kids to start cycling at a young age. I grew up riding bikes in my street—it’s something I always remember enjoying as a kid,” Justin said.
“There are lots of different places we can ride as a family. The kids love getting out and about on the bush tracks and exploring the paths in our local area.”
Justin said their family rides have provided a good opportunity to teach the kids early about riding their bikes safely.
“We teach them about always wearing helmets, road safety, and crossing roads—getting off the bikes and being in control.”
“It’s made them feel more confident on their bikes and we know as they get older they’ll be able to ride safely to different places like school or the local shops,” Justin said.
“It’s also good family time—when we’re riding, they’re a bit more relaxed and talk to us about anything and everything. It also means we’re getting lots of exercise in the fresh air.”
“Riding regularly on the weekends has led our eldest, Jai, to discover his more daring side—he’s started taking part in training sessions at the local BMX track. He’s enjoying it, and plans on joining the competitions soon.”
Justin said separated bike paths were really important for riding as a family.
“More bike paths and facilities that make riding safer and easier would encourage more families like us to ride.”