Eithne Shortall: Bikes help kids learn to navigate the twists in the long road to independence

Your offspring gaining the ability to cycle is a big moment for both parent and child – the start of the bumpy journey towards adulthood

‘People were happily side-stepping and clapping as my son wobbled past on his shiny new bike. He kept wanting to cycle by the men on the park bench who had cheered so enthusiastically’