At What Age Do You Let Your Child Ride His Bicycle Without You?

Michelle - posted on 07/28/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son is 10 years old and I was wondering at what age I should let him ride his bicycle without me being able to watch him.

Michelle

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Ashley - posted on 10/12/2012

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My daughter is 7. We have let her ride get bike alone on our block for the last year. My neighborhood is the only one for 3 miles. We are surrounded by a nature preserve and farm fields. Very few people even know the neighborhood is here and its 3 blocks wide by 3 blocks long. Most people here know each other and our children ride bikes together all the time. Children in the neighborhood are rarely out alone as there are always at least one set of parents on the street watching. We have two police officers that also live in the neighborhood. It really depends on how safe you feel your neighborhood is. I'm overprotective and it took a lot for me to let her ride our block that first time, even knowing there were two other parents outside.

Rebecca - posted on 07/29/2010

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Yes, I think its all up to how much you trust your neighborhood where he will be riding his bike. Also how you really feel about his knowledge of his safety and how he knows to react to his surroundings on his own. Do you think that he is old enough to stay out of the street on his own. Do you think he can tell when something is not right? Its all up to how he reacts to his surroundings.

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Jill - posted on 10/14/2012

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My younger son is 10. He has been riding his bike or scooter around the neighborhood since he was 8.



At his school, a lot of kids ride their bikes to school from up to 2 miles away. The youngest that I personally know is 8 and in 3rd grade, but there are a ton of 5th & 6th graders (10-12) that do.



It depends a lot on your own child's personality as well as the environment that you live in. My son would be capable of riding his bike to school, but there is a busy highway in between so he doesn't.

Jakki - posted on 10/09/2012

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Ha! This is something that is occupying my mind because I have a 10 year old son who has recently become completely obsessing with bike riding. He is doing BMX racing with a club, so he considers any bike riding to be training for the Olympics (in 2018 or 2022). Anyway - I have been letting him ride home alone from school a couple of times a week which is 2km along mostly quiet streets or along the footpath (sidewalk) on a busy road. But I'm still worried because I know he is not looking left or right, he's got his head down and is riding as fast as possible.



I have been nagging him to keep his head up and be aware of his surroundings, but I'm not sure whether he can listen - the urge to ride fast and dream about the Olympics is greater than the urge to stay alive!

Dawn - posted on 10/09/2012

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Well,My daughter is 10 and I was not happy about her riding her bike in the street,we live on a street that the traffic is heavy and cars go fast.I just let her go to a friends house about a half block away with another friend and they go to the other girls house and bring her back to my house.I still did not feel comfortable with this but the other children are aloud to play in the street.(Which makes me want to move!) On the other hand,we go to a friends house for our homeschool group and all the kids are riding bikes after classes in the street.It is so quiet and I am fine with this.Really depends on where you live and how much traffic.If it were up to me I would say NEVER!

Lisa - posted on 07/30/2010

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My son was 11 before I let him ride to his mate's house, about 3 blocks away but over a main road (I'm in Australia, possibly my idea of a main road is a little different to those of you in the USA LOL) Basically it would take about 5 minutes to ride, 15 minutes to walk. The first couple of times I followed in the car to make sure I was happy he knew his road rules and was watching. It's actually pretty quiet on the road, except for crossing that main one and there's a set of lights. He was under strict instruction to walk his bike on to the footpath and cross at the pedestrian crossing with the lights. When he was 12 I allowed him to ride to school, his mate's place was on the way so I knew he was right that far as he'd done it several times by then. School was just over another 5 minutes ride, maybe 20-25 minutes walking. I followed in the car a few times then too LOL I was going that way anyway, it wasn't really a special trip :P Now he's 13 and at a different school, I haven't let him ride because the quickest way is along the main road and I'm really not happy with that, he catches a bus instead LOL

Angie - posted on 07/29/2010

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My 17 year old was riding his bike alone at 7ish - we lived in a very protected area - a "compound" around the law enforcment buildings where we lived. My 12 year old didn't get to ride her bike alone until she was 11 - we lived in a popular national park where there were a lot of strangers. She didn't ride her bike alone until we moved to the town we're in now. My 9 year old can only ride her bike out of my sight if she is with her sister. There are so many variables to consider. My oldest and middle child are just more savy than my 9 year old so they were given more freedom at a younger age than her. Give you son some safety tips and then let him spread his wings.

Tanya - posted on 07/29/2010

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My daughter is 10 and rides her bike to her friends house that is 2 blocks away. She has a cell phone and her friend is expecting her and will call if she does not show up. We live in a small community, though and I would not let her do this in a bigger town. When her friend comes over to spend the night they ride their bikes up to the park together which is also 2 blocks away. They have a set time to be back and I trust them to only go there and back and come home on time. If there was ever any problems, I would suspend the privilege for at least a week. Hope this helps.

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Hey, I don't actually have a 10 yr old child, but I live on a street with several 8-12 yr olds who ride their bikes together without supervision and I am friends with their parents. They let them start riding alone around 8 yrs old just up and down our street, by 10 yrs most of them are allowed anywhere in the neighborhood.
That said, we live in a fully gated neighborhood, so we don't have to worry about busy streets or stranger danger since you have to dial in to get inside the gates if you do not have the car pass and car passes are electronic and cannot be used for a bike, so the kids can't get out of the gate. If that were not the case, I don't really know how much freedom these parents would give their children. I don't know that I would let my son go beyond our street if there were no gates.

Michelle - posted on 07/29/2010

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Thanks for the comments. Does anyone have a child 10 or older? If so, do you let him or her ride their bicycle without you watching and if so, at what age did you start letting them do it?

Candy - posted on 07/29/2010

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For me NEVER of course I know this is not a good thought.lol If he is with 2 other kids I wouldnt think anything about it. You know your son and you know wether he will mind you away from you or not. It all comes down to trust.Do you TRUST him to go and do what he says he is doing or not. Only you know him well enough to answer your own Q.

Michelle - posted on 07/28/2010

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He would be riding about 3 blocks away on side streets wtih two other kids. No, he wouldn't have a cell phone.

Angie - posted on 07/28/2010

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It depends...How far does he want to ride? How long does he want to ride? Will he be riding on or near a busy road? Are there a lot of strangers in the area? Will he take a cell phone with him? Will he be riding with other children or alone?

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