You don’t have to wait until your child can ride a bike to introduce them to the joy of cycling! Biking with your children is easy thanks to child bike trailers and bike-mounted child seats.
Some parents prefer a bike trailer since it’s more comfortable for the child ‒ they can stretch out or recline, and bring toys or blankets along for the ride. Others prefer a child bike seat, which keeps the child closer.
But which option is safer: a child bike trailer or a child bike seat?
Let’s break it down.
As a cyclist, you know that riding a bicycle is usually a safe activity, but it's not without risks. Naturally, when you’re cycling with a child, you want to put their safety first!
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), it is better for your child to ride in a bike trailer rather than a child bike seat mounted to the bicycle because "a young passenger on an adult's bike makes the bike unstable and increases braking time."
What’s more important, as noted by Consumer Reports, the AAP warns that a child could suffer significant injury from a bicycle-mounted seat accident at any speed.
Child bike trailers also come with several key features that help make them safer than child bike seats, which we'll cover below.
When it comes to safety, bike trailers have several advantages over child bike seats:
There is one advantage to a bike seat over a bike trailer that’s worth noting: parents and children can communicate more easily. If you have a little one who needs to feel close to you at all times, they might feel more comfortable sitting right behind or in front of you in a seat.
There are pros and cons to both options, so it is best to weigh what is most important to you before making your decision.
Biking with kids is an environmentally-friendly and healthy way to introduce them to the world, but you need to follow some basic safety tips to make sure it’s a smooth ride.
Safety is your top priority as a parent, and child bike trailers are among the safest ways to bicycle with your kids!
Children who ride in a bike-mounted seat usually have less protection than those who ride inside a trailer. They are not only less visible to drivers, but they can also be more easily ejected from their seats if the bike collides with an obstacle or another vehicle.
Bike trailers give you the best of both worlds: they’re a fun and easy way to introduce your kids to cycling while also ensuring their safety. Today's child bike trailers are safer than ever before. And since bike trailers come in many styles, you're sure to find one that suits your needs!
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