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  1. Find a place that is flat with no traffic, such as a playground or parking lot if you can.
  2. Adjust the seatAdjust the seat so your child's feet are flat on the ground.
  3. Tilt the bikeStand behind them and tilt the bike from side to side, telling them which direction you will tilt the bike. When you tilt the bike to the left, they should turn the wheel to the left; when you tilt the bike to the right they should turn the wheel to the right. Move to the next step when they are comfortable with this move.
  4. Tilt the bikeTilt the bike without telling them in advance which direction you will tilt the bike. If they can do turn correctly about 20 times in a row they are ready for the next step.
  5. Push and glideTell your child to push and glide, just like using a scooter. The faster they go the easier it will be to stay upright.
  6. Raise FeetHave them raise their feet off the ground when they are gliding. When they can glide 20 feet they are ready for the next step, pedaling.
  7. Raise the seatRaise the seat so there is a slight bend to the leg. Have one pedal high and the other foot on the ground so they can blast off to start. They should look ahead, not at their feet, as they pedal.
  8. Big turnsKnowing how to turn is important. Start them out by making big turns then gradually make them tighter as they go.

Remember: Each child learns at their own pace; they will ride when they are ready.