COVID-19 has had a big effect on the way we live our lives. And cycling has not been immune! There are limits on who can cycle together, and where you can go. So now’s as good a time as any to get the family out for some more localised riding. But coming up with family biking ideas is not always as easy as it looks.
If you’ve got kids, you need to consider the difference between your skill level, and theirs. Then there’s your partner, who may or may not be as experienced at cycling as you are. How can you find the perfect location for everyone? Here’s our advice.
Get to know your neighbourhood – there’s no better family biking idea than local sightseeing!
The best ideas are usually the simplest, and family biking doesn’t get simpler than a trip around the neighbourhood. Getting to know your local area is something most of us don’t always do as much as we should. A lot of the time, we see our surrounds from behind a car window. So why not take a look, up close and personal, with your family? Cycling around the neighbourhood offers an entirely new perspective, and it’s usually easy enough that your whole family can get involved.
Desperate to hit the bike trails with family during COVID-19? We’ve got some idea of nearby spots
If you’re an avid off road cyclist, the COVID restrictions have probably hit you hard. Getting to the best trails normally involves a bit of a drive, and with limits of 50km at the moment, many are off limits. So now’s the time to look for some trail biking ideas that you and your family can enjoy. Luckily, Brisbane has no shortage!
They may not be of the same standard as the more challenging and distant tracks you’re used to. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t a great way to blow the cobwebs off your bike, and get out with the family! In the south, there’s Daisy Hill, more centrally there’s Mount Coot-tha
Brisbane bikeways are family friendly biking ideas that will keep you compliant with restrictions
Brisbane has an abundance of long distance, and connected bikeways. They can get to you to almost every corner of the Brisbane area with almost no uphill requirements. What better idea could there be for family biking? The smooth and mostly flat concrete bikeways are easy for children and inexperienced cyclists to navigate. And, they will keep you within the 50km limits!
If your kids are missing out on skatepark cycling, try these alternative biking ideas with your family
A lot of kids will be missing their time at the skatepark. If your kids are BMX enthusiasts, they might fall into that category. Luckily, we have a few ideas to help you ease their withdrawals, and get some family biking done in the process. One of the best ways to do so is by heading down to the local parks to find some grassy and open space. You would be surprised what kids can do with a bit of extra space! Practising tricks is a great way to pass the time, and with a soft grassy surface beneath your kids while they practise, there’s less chance of injury.
If you’re still in lockdown, here’s one idea for family biking without leaving the house!
Of course, not everyone is out of isolation yet. For various reasons, a lot of us are still likely to be confined to the house for a while. If you fall into that category, we have just the solution: home bicycle trainers. Home bicycle trainers essentially turn your bike into an exercise bike, so you can use them indoors, in the garden, or anywhere else around the house. For more information, contact the experts!