After our long-tail e-bike experiment, there was discussion about trying a front-loading trike, specifically the Taga 2.0. Well, we finally got our hands on one (thanks Shaun!). It was a typical Vancouver rainy day and a perfect day to try it out. We definitely need a bike that can hold up well under that use case.
We have gone from biking with baby to biking with baby and a toddler to now. Now looks like me, huffing with every ounce of power to push my bike, trailer connected with the two kids inside, up the hill. I can no longer bike them home (or to some destinations in the city) because the trailer plus the kids’ weight is more than my own. Plus, our eldest is starting to complain that the trailer is cramping her
style legs. A friend told me that she gave up at this stage and just used transit until her kids could ride with her on the streets. But, I desperately want to keep biking with them. (To be clear, our eldest is not ready to bike on her own on the streets.) So, how am I going to make this happen?
Within a year of moving to Vancouver, it became evident that our car was spending most of its days parked and completely unused. My 13 km (each way) work commute turned out to be faster by my bike most of the time, and a lot less stressful. Lacey walked or biked the 3 km to City Hall. We were mostly using the car on weekends and for the occasional out-0f-town vacation. Without knowing the term, we were living “car-lite”.
Our goal over the next few posts is to document our family’s carless journey. This post will serve as background and we’ll followup with lots of actual data and analysis.
As mentioned in Reading Non-Fiction, my goal is to share what motivated me to read the books and some thoughts that came from said reading.
Carjacked kept coming up in conversation with people, so much so that I was getting annoyed. A little skeptical, I decided to read it to at least be able to better converse with people. This is what I took away from the book. Continue reading “Thoughts on Carjacked”
Since our previous biking post, our primary mode of transportation has been the MEC single bike trailer (for biking and strolling), supplemented with car shares and transit when needed. But when the new baby came along, we had to take a break from biking. Before she could sit up on her own and support the weight of a bike helmet, we tried sticking both girls together in the MEC single for short strolling trips.
Understandably, toddler complained of being squished. Once baby was able to hold her head up with a helmet on (guess what she got for Christmas?!), we decided it was time to start our pedal adventures as an expanded family. That meant we needed to upgrade from the MEC single bike trailer. Continue reading “Biking with baby … and toddler”
As Tanya Snyder recently wrote, it’s pretty easy to be discouraged from biking after having a baby. She made a good point that there is not a lot of information out there for parents (especially moms) about how to bike with their baby:
No one at the hospital made sure I had a child bike seat properly installed before I went home. None of the parenting websites and blogs I read list “old enough for a bike trailer” as a milestone. There are other cyclists in my mom’s group, but somehow no one talks about getting back in the saddle the way we talk about the challenges of going back to work or getting babies on a sleep schedule.
Well, that inspired me to share. I biked up until about 2 weeks before I gave birth, started biking again at about 3 months after my daughter was born, and have been biking with my daughter since she was 8 months old. Continue reading “Biking with baby”
First, the transportation department appears to be providing incorrect information about bike lane usage. We have our own 24-hour cameras that monitor Dunsmuir Street, and our results show that the city is wildly overstating the actual usage. Either our extremely expensive digital cameras are wrong, or someone at City Hall is fudging the facts.
I certainly hope no one would make this accusation without some factual basis, but I seriously doubt that anyone watched 24 hours of video, manually counting cyclists. According to the engineer in charge, staff regularly check the accuracy of their hose and wire counts and welcome anyone to come forward with evidence that the numbers don’t add up.
Continue reading “Bike volumes on Dunsmuir: the city is hiding something”
June 2011: I’ve updated the safety section in light of a study I recently learned about.
When I lived on the east coast of Canada, commuting options were quite limited: I drove year ’round to school or work due to an unfortunate combination of urban sprawl, nasty weather and poor infrastructure. Now that I live in Vancouver, I have many more options: bus, SkyTrain, bike, canoe, cartwheel, etc.