We now have public systems to share bicycles. What about strollers?
Tanya Snyder suggests a “stroller-share” system at Streetsblog. She points out that as soon as children get too large to carry long distances, parents simply can’t take their kids on a trip around the city on foot or using transit without a stroller.
A stroller makes the bus or train a viable mode of travel for a parent with a child. Yet strollers and transit only mix uncomfortably at best. Many bus systems require parents to fold the strollers, which means unstrapping the kid, folding the stroller one-handed while supervising the kid, boarding the bus and paying the fare while both carrying the stroller and holding onto the kid, and reversing the process at the other end.
Meanwhile, many non-parent transit riders can get quite irate at parents who take up a lot of space, want to keep the stroller unfolded or delay the bus while folding the stroller; just look at the comments on Ken Archer’s article on strollers, which have since been cited multiple times in the press as illustrations of how intolerant some transit riders can be toward parents.
Both sides have valid points. The parents need strollers, or will find themselves forced into driving everywhere. But strollers also do take up a lot of scarce room. What if parents could pick up a stroller only after they get off the bus? Snyder writes:
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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