Recently, I've been thinking about teaching my 5 year old son to ride a bike without training wheels. We tried to do this a couple of weeks ago and I experienced probably what every parent teaching their child goes through. I spent most of the time holding the bike and running behind him. And by the end of the day, he wanted to put his training wheels back on and I had a sore back.
Yesterday, I watched this video about an organization called Bike New York, a non profit whose mission is "to promote and encourage bicycling and bicycle safety through education, public events, and collaboration with community and government organizations". They run "Teach Your Child to Ride" clinics at parks around New York city and apparently have a very high level of success. After learning about their unconventional training technique, I felt inspired to teach my son to ride again, but this time with a very different approach.
The result — in 24 hours with about 60 minutes of practice, he was riding a bike all by himself. I shot some footage with my iPhone 4 and edited with iMovie 11. Here's the result: