When do you let your kids cycle on their own? My 13 yr old has just started cycling around to her friends and I want to encourage it - independence, exercise etc. Trouble is, we live in a village and those quiet country lanes are far from ideal for cycling on (God knows I know this from running along them most days) from a traffic point of view.Then there's the statistically unlikely but potential worry about sex attacks. Listened to Milly Dowling'sparents launching their new charity on the radio yesterday and felt so sad for them and torn about wanting to give opportunities for independence to my kids and protecting them.
Started 'safety conversation' but I can tell she doesn't really want to hear me/take it in. We've cycled a lot together so I do trust she has reasonable traffic judgement but...Any ideas? When do you let your kids out on their bikes on their own?