State law in Vermont does not prohibit bicyclists of any age from riding on sidewalks. Municipalities may restrict or prohibit riding on sidewalks through the ordinance adoption process; Waitsfield does not have an ordinance provision in place that prohibits riding on sidewalks.
For all bicyclists, riding in the road with traffic is generally the safest option. For children, it may be riding on sidewalks in certain locations and situations.
Bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists alike are encouraged to be aware, to be safe, to go slow when appropriate, and to share public infrastructure.
The document below (“The Parents Guide to Safe Bicycling”), created by the Vermont Agency of Transportation and Local Motion, contains more information about riding bicycles on sidewalks and is a good reference for those looking to ride with kids.