Graham at Eagleton Notes recently posted about his childhood bicycles and tricycles - and I promised in a comment to look up a photo my first bicycle, which was of a construction somewhere in between: It was a two-wheeler, but with the pedals on the front wheel, like on a tricycle.
The only photo I found is to the left in the collage below. I probably got it for my 5th birthday. I've been trying to remember if I had a tricycle before it, but cannot find any evidence that I did. Then it struck me that until I was nearly five, we lived in a flat in town, and maybe it was not practical or safe for me to have one there. And by the time we moved out to the village, I was too big for a tricycle, but still too young for the "grown-up" kind... So this was probably considered a compromise.
The one on the right is of my first "proper" bicycle, from when I was 10. I seem to recall it took me a while to learn to ride that one; but by the time I was willing to pose with it for a photo, I was probably also able to use it!
From my drawing (also in the photo album), it is made clear that one of my favourite places to cycle to was 'the libbrary'... (deliberately misspelled here to reflect that I had not yet learned the Swedish word correctly: biblioteket...)
I think I also usually cycled to school (in grade 4-6). The school (and also the library) was around 2 km away (at 'the other end' of the spread out village where I lived). Before I learned to cycle, I had to walk. Except in winter, because then we (a bunch of us who lived in the same neighbourhood) got to go by taxi. I have no photo of that, but it looked like an old big black London cab. I suppose our parents preferred that solution to have us out walking and cycling on the main road in snow and ice.
From grade 7 onwards, I went to school in town, and then we went by bus.