The goal of Balance Bikes was to inspire the next generation of cyclists.
We believe that active and healthy kids will turn into healthy and active adults. Cycling is a skill for life, after all!
What Is The Balance Bike Project?
In September 2015, we received funding from Edinburgh City Council to place two balance bikes in 40 nurseries in Edinburgh’s most disadvantaged areas.
We distributed new, sturdy and good quality Balance Bikes that could withstand many years of the kinds of rough play that 3, 4 and 5-year-olds are so good at.
Each nursery received information on the bikes and the benefits are of using them during outdoor free play. We also made sure this information was accessible to children’s parents and carers to make sure they knew the project and its benefits.
The goal of Balance Bikes
We wanted to show kids how great it is to be outside, how much fun it can be to play on bikes and how easy it is to cycle a bike. We also wanted to spread our love for bikes to all kids in Edinburgh to help foster a lifelong love of bikes.
We know how important it is for kids to be physically active. It helps them to stay healthy and reduces obesity rates. Regular exercise also significantly impacts their learning abilities and helps them focus and develop social skills.
But more than that – we also want to normalise cycling from an early age, by letting kids play on bikes and by treating bikes as part of everyday play and activity.