Maybe a topic for another thread, but at what age did any of you start riding solo? My parents did not ride bikes, but with 4 kids, 1 car, and dad took it to work, I suspect I started riding around on my own when I was somewhere in the 8 to 10 year old range. Certainly before I could get on a bike with large wheels. It was a quiet area traffic wise with wide streets though.
I started riding around the neighborhood when I was pretty young. I recall rollerblading to school in 5th grade. Rode a bike to school a couple of times in 8th grade. Then started riding regularly to school either freshman summer school or tenth grade. But I pretty much only rode to school and work, neither of which was particularly hairy.
…also, no helmets. The only helmets were the kind racers wore, leather straps to hold everything together so cleanup was easier after a crash.
I remember getting my sister’s hand-me-down bike when I was too young for school. I loved that red bike. But I think I wasn’t allowed to ride outside of the alley behind my house, at the time.
I was riding on the road at age 6. I was taking unsupervised 8-mile-each-way trips on Saturday mornings by 10. High school, unicycled four miles to school because it was faster than the school bus. My father was a road-riding motorcyclist long before it was cool, so I was merely following his lead.