Ezra learned to ride a bike yesterday. I can’t describe the feeling of pride, awe and joy that swelled up inside as I saw my little boy cycle off on his own.
I’d signed him up to one of Islington Council’s free cycle training courses that are run over the holidays.
The beginner’s course is a 2 day, 1.5 hour session led by 4 enthusiastic cycling instructors. Day 1 was all about the basics – learning to check your A (air), B (brakes), C (control) and Ds (dangly bits!) – before you set your pedal and give that first big push.
Ezra was wobbly at the start but within the hour, and after not that much instruction, he was actually riding. I couldn’t believe it!
Ezra was stoked to be an official ‘biker boy’ and spent a couple more hours in the park later practising his new-found moves.
Day 2 was about building confidence. Ezra was promoted to the ‘riders’ group in the session and they spent the day learning to turn around a mini obstacle course, improving their braking and picking up some signalling skills. Afterwards, Ezra was able to ride part of the way home (on the pavement only).
What a wonderful service provided by the council (check in your area for free cycling courses near you) and an amazing achievement to kick off our Easter holidays. They also run courses for adults and I’m thinking of signing up as it’s been years since I was on a bike and it would be fun to ride out as a family.
I’m super proud of Ezra and of course he looks ultra stylish in his cycling gear. His helmet even matches his spring jacket!
Ammaco MX18 Bike – Park Royal bike shop
Helmet – Park Royal bike shop
Jacket – Marks & Spencer
Jeans – Gap
Shoes – Next
And below is a clip of Ezra in action!
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