- Check all local and state laws and guidelines. Some regions restrict the age of a child passenger, or have other rules. This information should be easily available online; if not, call your local department of motor vehicles or other similar agency.
- Never carry a child in front of you.
- Make sure the child wears the same level of protective clothing as any other rider, especially a helmet and eye protection.
- Keep the rides short and fun. If a child falls asleep, you may not notice until he falls off.
- Choose a bike with a passenger backrest if possible.
- Make sure the child is mature enough to understand and obey instructions.
- Make sure the child is enjoying the ride. If you frighten him now with excessive speed or scary lean angles, he may dislike bikes forever.
- Provide positive feedback—take photos, tell them how well they did, ask if they had fun.