On Friday, Simone had a play date at a friend's house. We brought over her bike and they rode around in a parking lot nearby. Well, "rode" was a relative term. When we got there, Simone's bike had no pedals - it was a push bike.
Simone looked really confident on her bike. She would start by the curb on the high end of the parking lot and coast down to the center. She was having a great time, so I asked her if she would like to put the pedals on. She coasted a couple more times and I went to get the pedals.
We put the pedals on and she went back to her starting point, coasted down, and then pedaled around.
She spent the next ten minutes coasting down, and pedaling around in a circle with a big smile.
She was very excited out biking and immediately began making plans for the next biking excursion.
So, today, we rode the trail-a-bike to the market and back, and then headed over to Starker Arts Park, where we both rode our bikes around the bike path there. Simone worked hard practicing her starts on flat ground (not quite as easy as when coasting downhill). The day ended up being a bit frustrating for Simone because she really wanted to ride, but couldn't quite string together all the pieces to keep riding.
She couldn't see it, but I saw how much better she was at the end of the hour when compared to the beginning.
It'll really help to have a bike that fits her - you can see how small her current bike is for her.
To be continued...