Do you travel by transit with kids? Do tell.
As a result of our lively online conversations, we actually sat down with the good folks at Tri-Met to talk about riding with kids - and how to make that process a little smoother. We were pleased that they created a 'riding with kids' web page to offer up advice and explain the rules to those of us trying or having to make a go of it (thinking they should make a brochure of it and post it on the buses, where riders are more liekly to see it - you?).
Of course, there are many other types of riders with unique needs and challenges, ranging from people using wheelchairs to bikers and folks with canes, dogs, and grocery walkers (among many others) - some rightly protected by law.
I now ride Tri-Met a whole lot less (had another kid, attend 2 schools, got a bike), but I'm curious: how goes it for you? If you were to constructively suggest a change or two that would make riding public transit more appealing for us kid caregivers, what would they be? And if you have experiences or examples from other cities (in the US or abroad) that you think Tri-Met should consider, bring 'em on. We just might share 'em with Tri-Met -- again!
- SEATING. Add a sticker in the priority seating area to suggest that riders make seats available for pregnant women and caregivers with young children who may have trouble standing on a moving bus/train.
- STROLLERS. Don't make us fold our strollers; yes, it's tidier and takes less space for others, but often it involves waking a sleeping infant, unpacking the groceries/laundry/work folders/younameit, and then some -- usually with one hand! And if you want me to fold it, please provide a space to put it besides shoved under the seats.
[Thanks to conbon33 & Flickr for image of what could be...]