Every time I see a tot shakily trying out a new bike, it makes me nostalgic for my own childhood. In the Netherlands, bikes are a national symbol much like apple pie and baseball are in America so the Dutch have developed a unique method for teaching children to ride.
Called a loopfiets, the walking bikes teach children to maneuver a bike’s frame using the power of their own feet. A child sits on the frame and moves his or her feet in a running motion to get the bike to go. In doing so, the wee ones develop balance, steering and coordination. To learn more about this marvel .
The walking-bike phenomenon hit the US where the pedal-less contraptions are catching on. Though several brands can be found, Skuut ($89) is one of the most prominent. Made in Marin County, California out of solid wood, the Skuut has an adjustable padded cotton seat, inflated rubber tires and only weighs 10.5 pounds, so it is portable. The company claims that children can easily transition from the Skuut to a two-wheel bike without ever needing training wheels.