Last time we discussed Tri-Met, we asked if you think it's family-friendly. Well, we got our answer from all of you riders out there: nope. So, natch, we're working on it. We're meeting with a whole slew of Tri-Met staff to move this forward in late May. The goal of this first meeting is to share info: we tell them what isn't working for us, what we'd like to see change. They tell us why it is the way it is, what their barriers are, and what types of change they are willing and able to make. The beginning of a fruitful give-and-take, we hope, that results in some near and long-term improvements.
The major issue driving this from the get-go has been the (often burdensome) requirement to fold strollers. Yeah, the ones with the kids and the gear and the groceries in them. No easy task on a moving bus, while holding all the contents - live and otherwise. But we've got other ideas for improvements, too.
Help Us Make Change! If you ride regularly with young kids and are interested in getting this dialog rolling with Tri-Met, get in touch. We plan to bring 5-7 parents of young children to the table to share real experiences and suggestions for improvement. Do you commute downtown with kids (like me), across town to your child care, school or work, ride during non-commute hours to grocery shop, schlepp kids to classes, ball games, the doctor?? The Activistas-TriMet conversation is downtown on Thursday, 5.29.08 from 10:30 to Noon. We'll also get together for a one-hour planning meeting someday between now and then. Maybe coffee with the kids at Sydney's?