Photo Essay: Babes on Bikes
Written by Anna Fahey, Senior Communications Strategist, Sightline.org
No Turning Back
I have to admit that at first the idea of taking my small child by bike terrified me — partly because my own commute to downtown can be hairy. I also didn’t want to spend a fortune on gear (and since I’ve sworn off new stuff, I wouldn’t buy it new anyway). But talking with families who bike with kids has me convinced that it’s the way to go.
One woman told me “It’s the best thing we’ve done for our family!”
From what I gather, you can do it safely (I won’t be riding in high-traffic areas) and fairly cheaply (used and borrowed equipment all the way!), and the payoff is health, family fun, special quality time out of your car, a deeper connection to your community, and a way to instill important values and attitudes in your kids that will last their lifetime.
And, if you think it’s too hard, or you’re not strong enough, or it’s inconvenient, all you need to do is read about this Portland mom who hauls six kids — yep, you heard me, SIX — on her one bike! (Sometimes she even takes along a neighbor kid too!) Whatever I do with my singleton will be easier than that!
Photo: Chris, Elena, and Sylvan, Used with family's permission