Free bike clinic for kids being held in Beavercreek

Free bike clinic for kids being held in Beavercreek (WKEF/WRGT)

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Now is the perfect time to teach your kids how to ride a bike, but if you’re less than patient, you might want to leave it to the professionals. ABC Pediatric Therapy is holding a free bike riding clinic for all ages at their Beavercreek location this Thursday night.

“In an environment like this you get confidence, strength, comfortable with your feet off the ground, and that is what you need to be comfortable with in order to ride a bike,” said ABC Pediatric Therapy CEO Diane Crecelius.

She stresses kids should learn how to ride a bike in stages, beginning with a tricycle at 2 ½ years old.

“You want one that fits where their feet can touch the ground, and they’re going to feel very comfortable getting on and off, pulling with their feet, and then when they’re age 2, they’re going to know how to pedal and steer,” Crecelius said.

At around 3 years old, the child should then move on to a 3-wheeled scooter.

“That gives them the confidence on something a bit more stable,” she said.

After that, the child can progress to a 2-wheeled bike with training wheels, and after that, a 2-wheeled scooter.

“Now it has less balance to it because there’s only two wheels and the child has to get very good at this scooter before you would take the training wheels off that two-wheeled bike,” Crecelius said.

If a child falls off the bike, it’s important not to react and make it seem like a big deal. “It’s okay to fall,” Crecelius said.

On Thursday, ABC Pediatric Therapy will be going over all this and more at the free clinic.

TIME: 6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

DATE: Thursday, June 14, 2018

PLACE: 3817 Colonel Glenn Highway, Beavercreek, OH 45431

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