My family and I like to ride around the neighborhood. I usually ride the Tandem with the trailer and my wife rides the Breezer. Yesterday, my 6 yr old wanted to ride her own bike, so I pulled it out of the garage, aired it up and then as we started to ride, I told her to stay on the sidewalk. She then asks, “why can’t I ride on the street like you do?”. I then proceed to tell her that is ‘safer’ to ride on the sidewalk. At this point, I felt that my statement was a little hypocritical since I usually preach that riding on the sidewalk is a big no-no. I don’t feel comfortable for her to ride on the street, I feel that is dangerous for her to ride on it.
The question is, Am I doing wrong by instilling on her that riding on the sidewalk is safer than the streets? Or is it acceptable since she is still young and then I can later teach her how to ride on the streets when she is older.