Should Kids Ride Pillion?

Yesterday we talked about how people got their start in biking. Many started young, riding on the back of their dads’ bikes. But is it safe for youngsters to be passengers on bikes? How old should they be before you take them out with you?

It’s a controversial topic.  Some think that the earlier you start them off, the better. Others think that there’s no place for kids on bikes. This piece from BikeSafer takes an interesting approach, saying that it’s a matter of freedom.

“We don’t endorse child passengers. Riding is a risky activity and should be done voluntarily. We doubt if small children can make an informed decision on these matters.”

We’ve also found a couple of forums where people have put forward arguments for and against, at BikeChat and AdvRider. What do you think?