Watching a child zoom around on a bicycle brings back many happy memories for most adults. But turning a child loose on city streets is something many parents are not comfortable doing. You want to know that your children have basic bike-handling skills before setting out with them to ride to the park or to school, or send them out on their own. They should have an understanding of basic road rules, like how to behave at intersections and how to signal turns. Reading traffic and making safe decisions are important for a cyclist of any age.