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5 children within the field (one is tough to see), Mother on the pedals, two children on their very own bikes.

I by no means thought biking might truly be the mobility resolution to one among our massive household’s actual mobility issues: too many children for our minivan.

Now we have an enormous household. Two adults and 5 youngsters. That maxes out the seating in our seven passenger minivan. We are able to’t decide up associates or volunteer to drive one other child residence. If our household grows any larger, or if we’re internet hosting a niece or nephew, or babysitting for associates, we don’t have a automobile that may carry us all. 

In consequence, we’ve been purchasing round for a strategy to meet our massive household transportation wants. We’ve been taking a look at outdated shuttle vans, Ford Transits, Chevy Expresses, precise shuttle buses, half buses and even old fashioned buses. However it’s a possible buy that I’m notably sad about. I detest the thought of driving an even bigger automobile (a lot so, that I seemed into importing a smaller-sized Japanese automobile that might seat extra people in a smaller footprint with a a lot decrease automobile weight, and at a a lot decrease price – however that’s one other story). And I virtually wish to launch a marketing campaign in opposition to heavy super-sized and infrequently unneeded SUVs and their risk to youngsters and the individuals outdoors of them. The very last thing I wish to do is drive one myself!

Lengthy rant brief: I really like youngsters. I detest extra-large automobiles for carrying them.

Then when the Alameda Bike Bus made headlines it acquired me considering. That’s an entire lot of youngsters, far more than I’ll ever have, all using alongside on one large bike bus. May that be the transportation resolution for our massive household?

I by no means thought biking might truly be the mobility resolution to one among our massive household’s actual mobility issues: too many children for our minivan. Maybe that’s as a result of the frequent picture I’ve of household biking seems like one grown-up with one or two children in youngster seats or a two-seater trailer. (These trailers don’t come any larger!) Maybe that’s as a result of I don’t see quite a lot of massive households out biking. Or maybe I’m nonetheless so closely influenced by automobile tradition that I can’t see previous it, even when the bike is sitting proper in entrance of me.

I’m the pleased proprietor of a giant electrical cargo trike. I can seat no less than 4 children in my cargo field, and even 5 – 6 if they’re small toddler-sized individuals prepared to squish a bit. After that, with regards to impartial child riders, I can take as many as I really feel comfy shepherding. There isn’t a strict most. With children using their very own bikes, we don’t run out of seats. We don’t outgrow the bike bus.

Our first journey on the household bike bus took off at the moment. I used to be babysitting two further kiddos, placing the whole at seven children and one grown-up, which is just too many for our seven-seat minivan. That will imply we must keep residence (all day with seven youngsters beneath age ten, no thanks!) or we might make our personal bike bus journey to the park. 

Thus, the Johnson Household Bike Bus went on its very first journey. 5 children within the cargo field with me on the pedals (thanks e-assist!), and two children using on their very own. In the midst of January no much less!

It was fabulous. Which is saying quite a bit, when one is spending the day with seven youngsters. We would have liked the bike bus at the moment. We would have liked to have the ability to go to the park and run round and yell. And our minivan couldn’t take us there. However with bikes, we might. 

And for these with even larger households, try the Bunch Bike Preschool (or massive household) mannequin, which seats six little individuals within the cargo field. It’ll seat as many as a minivan, with a a lot smaller footprint and price ticket, and it seems like a lot extra enjoyable.

Usually, we bike as a result of we wish to. At this time, we biked as a result of we couldn’t drive. And now, I can see us doing much more of that, like bike pick-ups of associates and using collectively for outings and playdates, as a result of whoever can journey their bike can be part of us, no automobile seats required.

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