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As a stay-at-home mom of two cycling beginners and a successful blogger, Ottawa’s Rebecca Stanisic shares her advice to staying safe on the road as a cyclist or driver.
Where do you typically go out for bike rides with the kids?
It’s very much just around the block. On our street, we have a little bit of a path where we’ll often just go up and down to practice things like braking and such. They’re also trying to learn how to safely go down a hill, but we stay very local.
I did well! It was a good refresher for me as a car driver. Plus, the interactive and visual components gives kids and parents something to talk about. It’s one thing to sit down and talk through rules, but this tool serves an important visual reminder of safety rules and queues which is great for parents to engage their kids!
What steps do you take to prepare for a bike ride with your kids?
We check that the helmets are there, they fit and they go on. Then we’ll do the tire check: make sure the tires are inflated and test that the kids can touch-and-stop by themselves as need be.
As a motorist, what would be your one advice to cyclists when it comes to staying safe on the road?
Always wear a helmet! And wear a light at night to make sure that you are visible in the dark.
Where can our readers follow you and stay up-to-date with your family adventures?
I am a parenting lifestyle blogger. I own and have been blogging at bitofmomsense.com for the past nine years but also do freelance writing for other publications. You can also follow me on social media @bitofmomsense. That’s my handle on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
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