How to start


Bike riding is a fantastic way to get outside as a family — with a little planning, you can even include younger kids who aren’t big enough to ride yet.


If you have young kids, check out this article on what kind of bike, bike seat, or trailer you might need.


Look up nearby forests and bike trails.


Don’t live near a trail? You can bike around your neighborhood!


Make sure you wear closed-toed shoes and sunscreen, and bring plenty of water and snacks.

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Exploration Ideas

  • Make an obstacle course at home

    Using objects from your garage, set up an obstacle course in your driveway or (if it’s safe) out in the street. Make it harder by timing them, or introducing challenges like not being allowed to put their feet down.

  • Bike around town

    Pick a place nearby where your kids would enjoy going. For instance, you could bike to the library for books — or surprise them after dinner and suggest biking to the store for ice cream. Stop at nearby parks or forests — you’ll be surprised how many of them have trails associated with them.

What to Bring

  • Plenty of water, even for short hikes — a gallon per person per day is a good guide
  • Snacks such as fruit or trail mix and empty bags to collect any garbage
  • Sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Lightweight rain jacket

Safety Tips

  • Always let someone know where you're going and what time you expect to be back.
  • Railroad tracks are for trains only. Keep to the side and stay off the tracks.
  • Bring a small flashlight or another source of light with you if you'll be out close to sunset.