Bike Rides for Families

Learning to ride a bike is one of the great milestone’s in a child’s life. Whether it is a tricycle, balance bike or on two wheels, learning to ride with confidence is no small feat. Once your child learns to ride, taking a bike ride as a family can be another way to spend quality time outdoors together. Bike trailers, tandem bikes and bike seats are other options if your children are not quite ready to ride alone. Keep reading for some tips on learning to ride a bike as well as some areas to take an enjoyable ride together.

Bike Rides for Families

Bike Riding Instruction

How to Ride a Bike- One on One Instruction with REI

Oakbrook REI
17W160 22nd St
Oakbrook Terrace, IL  60181

Receive a private one-on-one instruction session with an Outdoor School cycling instructor. Open to adults or kids aged 5 and up. Classes are being offered on the following dates, however, REI may accommodate your schedule should you have interest in this class and cannot make the designated dates.

Friday, July 1, 2016 from 2:30-4:30 pm
Sunday, July 3, 2016 from 9:00-11:00 am
Friday, July 22 from 4:00-6:00pm

Can’t make the class? Here’s a helpful video from REI on ways to help your child to ride a bike.

Places to Ride Bikes

The following locations all have trails, however we encourage you to follow proper bike safety and use each trail at your own discretion. Click here for specific information on DuPage County Forest Preserve Bike Trails.

Centennial Park
15600 West Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462

Churchill Woods
900 W St. Charles Road
Lombard, IL 60148

Wheaton, IL 60189

Fullersburg Woods
3609 Spring Rd
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Green Valley
Naperville, IL 60565

Illinois Prairie Path
The Prairie Path spans approximately 61 miles in Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties.

1717 31st Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Morton Arboretum
Lisle, IL 60532

Springbrook Prairie
Book Road and 83rd Street
Naperville, IL 60564

Waterfall Glen
Lemont, IL 60439

York Woods
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Local Bike Shops

Stop in to these local bike shops for a great selection of bikes and gear.  Experts are there to help you determine exactly what you will need for a smooth ride.

Bicycles Etc.
6460 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532

Hartley’s Cycle Shoppe
24 W Hinsdale Avenue
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Performance Bicycle
2830 South Highland Avenue
Lombard, IL 60148

639 Ogden Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

The Wheel Thing
15 S. LaGrange Road
La Grange, IL 60525

About the Author

Meghan Neill
Meghan and her husband live in Downers Grove with their two sons ages six and seven and their four year old daughter. She is a transplant to the Chicago area and absolutely loves all that the western suburbs have to offer for her young family. One of their favorite places to visit year round is the Morton Arboretum. During the summer months, they love to garden, bike, swim, and play golf together. In the winter, Meghan and her children are happy to be home trying out new kid friendly recipes and being creative. As a former teacher, Meghan believes in a healthy balance of unstructured play and scheduled activities. She is excited to be part of the Kidlist team and wants to help families add fun and laughter to their days!

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