Your children have grown and are eager to move around the city more autonomously, at least for their most frequent itineraries (going to school, to their sports club, etc.). Bicycle, rollerblades, scooters: which means of transportation should you choose?

Riding a bike in the city

Children are always eager to ride their bikes! However, is it the most adapted mode of transportation in an urban environment?

The pros:
It allows your children to learn the rules and dangers of the road, as well as their own rights: riding a bike in an urban environment, especially in calm neighbourhoods (residential areas, meeting points or “low traffic” spots), is a great way to build awareness around traffic regulations!
On a physical standpoint, cycling is a comprehensive discipline that perfectly complements your children’s daily activities: it builds their muscles and improves their breathing ability.
It is also a real time saver and teaches children the importance of punctuality.

The cons:
Safety: It is essential that you carefully teach your children rules of cycling before letting them ride on their own, in order to avoid any danger. Never leave your children alone when they ride their bikes in the city for the first time.
Protections (helmet, knee pads, etc.) are only effective when they are actually worn…
The risk of theft is real: make sure that your children’s school or sports club provide a secured bike storage space!

Roller skates for the city

They seemed to be out of fashion for a while, but now they are back! Roller skates can be an alternative means of transportation, but they are not fit for any purpose ; they should be dedicated to leisure rides or short strolls, such as going to a friend’s house.

The pros:
They allow to improve your balance, control of the body and breathing. Rollerblading is a genuine sport, especially when you ride on long distances.
The sensation of speed is exhilarating!

The cons
Rollerblading implies that you have to carry your shoes in a bag: moving around with your shoes in your backpack and having to put them on and off can turn out to be pretty inconvenient.
They raise a safety issue: on the one hand, it is not easy to share the sidewalk with pedestrians, but on the other hand, riding on the street is dangerous for a child.
They also require to use safety items such as a helmet, knee and elbow pads. But these accessories are not very popular among children, who are more concerned by fashion than safety…

Scooters in the city

It is the undisputed star of urban transportation, for all generations! Children quickly embraced this mode of transportation, which is a good compromise between bicycles and rollerblades!

The pros:
The offer is immensely broad. You will easily find the model that suits you: sporty, plain or colorful, all-terrain wheels or not, etc.
Even though it can be very fast, a scooter is easier to steer than unstable rollerblades or a heavy or maladjusted bike!
It is easy to fold a scooter and carry it around in other transportation modes: bus, subway, etc.

The cons:
Scooter theft is more and more common; especially for “sporty” or all-terrain models.
Just like rollerskaters, scooter-users do not have a defined status among users of the public space: they are neither pedestrians, nor cyclists, they wander between the sidewalks and the street with all the risks that it entails.
Warning: certain schools cannot (or do not want to) store scooters during the day. Others refuse that children walk around with a folded scooter in the school building.

Which means of transportation is the most adapted for your child in the city? Bicycles and scooters seems to prevail, but rollerblades should not be forgotten, especially for leisure activities. Whatever you end up choosing, don’t forget that you can keep an eye on your children in their first autonomous trips with a GPS tracker!

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Author: Weenect

Weenect, leader de la géolocalisation familiale, propose une gamme de traceurs GPS pour les différents membres de la famille : les enfants, les seniors, les chiens et chats. Ce blog a vocation à aider les familles dans leur vie quotidienne.