Bicycles are key to a vibrant city and parents shouldn’t fear taking their children along on a ride. Over at the Spacing blog there’s a short post on riding with kids with a good discussion about bikes in Toronto that the post spurred.
No need to hesitate – put the fun between your legs! Go out and ride 🙂
Either enjoying the ride on their parentâ€™s bike or following behind on their own bike, children are as much a part of urban bicycle commuting as anyone else. Contrast this with Toronto where you rarely see kids riding on a main street and parents who tow their children in bike trailers often receive disapproving looks or concerned stares from passersby. Granted, there are reasons for this. But donâ€™t blame the weather. Note the bulky jackets and scarves in the above photo – temperatures are regularly dipping below zero in Amsterdam. Not as cold as Toronto – and minus the snow – but it doesnâ€™t have to be warm and sunny for Amsterdammers to get on their bikes. It is true, though, that Toronto roads donâ€™t feel nearly as safe as Dutch roads for cycling.