This proved to be the secret. It didn't happen immediately, but very quickly I could start to see that she was beginning to feel where the balance point is and was fighting to stay there. And the coasts started to go from inches to feet to yards and once that happened it all started progressing very quickly. Suddenly she had it and could coast all the way down the decline at the trail head, maybe 50 yards, without putting her feet down. And once she got that feeling, she LOVED it. At the end of that day she was already asking to put the pedals back on. So, we did and she started riding a bike. For real. From a stop, on a flat surface. It was super fun to see. It actually gave me some goosebumps (and Sylvia a few tears). And the great part is now she LOVES that she can ride a bike. She posted this little achievement statement on her whiteboard in her room. She's always asking if she can go ride it around and when we'll be able to go on rides together. I'm eager to see how she does as at partnering me when I go for my runs.
That night, when I went to go to bed, there was this sweet little thank you note on my pillow. No one prompted her to write it, she did it totally on her own.
Click here to see her in action.