Bike train dos and don’ts

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - WINNIPEG BIKE TRAIN -

Do

Make sure par­ents and chil­dren have emer­gency con­tact in­for­ma­tion.

Spread the word to make sure the train has a crit­i­cal mass.

Take a course, like those of­fered by Can-bike, even a one-day ses­sion, to re­fresh your road-rid­ing skills. Share those skills with the kids.

Pre-ride the route with the mem­bers of the bike train when there’s less traf­fic to build con­fi­dence.

Re­in­force the mes­sage of safe rid­ing. Keep the dis­tance man­age­able.

Keep things fun. (“Af­ter they rode more than 400 km,” Hil­land said, “I took them out for lunch on a week­end. The hun­gry teenagers cost me way more than I ex­pected. And they didn’t gain a pound!”)

Don’t

Get dog­matic about it. If it’s rain­ing and mis­er­able, take the bus.

Cork traf­fic (block cars so that all rid­ers can get through an in­ter­sec­tion).

Ride in door zone of parked cars. Ride faster than the slow­est rider. Ride on the side­walk.

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