Society 29th /7/2012 – TRENDS
Our STWHEELS are a good solution for the problem of a later and later learning to ride a bike without training wheels. Recently the newspaper La Stampa.it published an article which describes this problem we resolved by our SmartTWHEELS.
From five years to seven years :children learn to ride a bike without training wheels later and later. Protective parents are responsible.
Maurizio Ternavasio Torino Italy
Children learn to ride a bike without training wheels later and later when they have yet learnt to read , to write, to count. If twenty years ago children learnt to ride at 5 years ,now they learn at seven .Parents, in particular the mothers ,are apprehensive according what reveals the social research “Parents with pedals “ by Monopolis Observatory which monitored 150 couples with children from four to eight years during one year .The hyper-apprehension affects the 70% of the mothers .They fear that their children ride the bike , even if often the fathers work hard to teach them how to stand balanced without the training wheels. A not slight effort, above all when the children don’t know what is the balance and each two meters they risk to fall down, hurting hands , knees and elbows. So while dad tries to guarantee a certain independence to the child , mum is waiting , perhaps because she doesn’t wish to take off from her bike the baby seat she had to take her child all around the city and along the cycle-tracks. On the other hand bike is considered useful for the growth of the child .It is considered not only an amusement , but a way to make exercise (34% of the interviews ), the best way to live in the open air (28%) .For the 6% it may be a good way to improve the physical skills. Only for few parents (5%) riding a bike may be dangerous .Valerio Leone , Ceo of Dino Bikes , declares :” Parents are too protective and when children begin to ride a bike they are not ready to do it”. They could have all the time to learn as the 83% of them receive as a gift a 2 wheels bike under 5 years. A bike is chosen as a gift according two main criterias: a nice outlook (34%) and the solidity(31%)”. The best sellers are those produced under license of successful cartoons like Spider-man and Barbie or those personalized according the colours of the favourite football team (globally the 70% of the market )”says Mr. Leone. Fathers seem to be fatalist: they think that the right moment is when their children feel to do it. The trend to take off the training wheels later and later is relevant in all the European countries, excluded Poland, where children learn to ride the bike at 4-5 years and Scandinavia. Actually there could be few tricks useful to guarantee the independence to the children and to let them not to forget what they learnt and to transmit them a trendier and trendier culture because of the relevant costs of petrol and pollution caused by car circulation. to choose the right bike, of the correct size, to set correctly the paddle to let the feet touch the ground, explain how the brakes work not to insist if the child doesn’t want, not to take the camera and invite all the relatives to fix the event …. Just wait for the right moment and ask : “have you got the bike ? Now ride it….”
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DIFFERENT OPINIONS BETWEEN MUM AND DAD ON THE BIKES WITHOUT TRAINING WHEELS