September 2010

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Dusti Arab of Minimalist Adventures.

Sophie asleep in the bike trailerThe day I told my mother I was pregnant, she was so excited. The first words out of her mouth were:

“Oh, we have to start getting things for the baby. Now you have to get a car. The baby has to have a car!”

When I informed her I had no intention of getting a car, it caused some tension to say the least. She was convinced that without a car, it would be impossible to properly take care of the baby, especially since we live in such a wet climate.

Fast forward to today, Evie is nearing two, and things are a little different. Now I am a dedicated bike commuter, with over a thousand miles just commuting under my belt since April. I get up in the morning, get myself ready, and put my daughter her in trailer, where she spends most of her time playing and yelling, “Whee!” It’s one of the best parts of my day. My mom is now at least used to it, and she waits outside when I’m riding up, so she can hear my daughter shout, “Nana! Nana!” as we turn the corner.

Many people think it’s impossible to be a bike commuter with children, but that is simply not the case. Biking with children is totally possible and tons of fun with the right equipment, safety precautions, and the proper amount of planning. It’s really not so different from going on a car trip with your kids. You wouldn’t go on a trip without buckling up and having a car seat for your child.

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