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Learning to ride a bike - It ain't like when you were a kid!

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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There’s a great article in today’s Vancouver Courier encouraging parents to get kids on their bikes.

But here’s the thing. Biking has changed a ton since you were a kid.

So your kids need to learn how to ride a bike with this in mind.

Let’s take a trip back in time.

For starters when you learned to ride a bike people weren’t in as much of a rush.

And as for traffic, I think it’s safe to say that when you took off your training wheels there was a lot less of it on the streets of Vancouver.

Suffice it to say we were living in kinder, gentler era when you first jumped on a bike.

Talk to anyone who cycles in the Lower Mainland. They’ll tell you horror stories about dangerous drivers and near misses on our city’s streets.

On average there are approximately 900 accidents involving cyclists in BC every year (that’s more than 2 a day). Accidents that often result in serious injuries, sometimes even death.

And the problem is getting worse.

 It’s at the point where one of the first things you need to teach your kids is how to bike defensively. That’s if you even let them on the roads in the first place.

As a personal injury lawyer I regularly meet cyclists whose lives have been turned upside down by an accident that wasn’t their fault. And as a parent that means I’m concerned for my children’s safety every time they hop onto their bikes.

So parents, please make sure you teach your kids how to cycle safely. It’s never too early to learn. Because teaching the basics early can keep them safe for a long time to come.

Questions about bike safety?

Want advice about how to handle your  bike accident claim?

Get in touch with me here at McComb Witten. We’re on the cyclists’ side.

Jeff Witten

McComb Witten Personal Injury Lawyers











Category: Bicycle Accidents

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