A Stroller on TriMet MAX: Please Park Here
For the past several years, we have used the urbanMamas community to discuss, collect, and share feedback on the TriMet system and how it has (and how it hasn't) worked for parents taking transit with their children. There was that great conversation "Is TriMet family friendly?" One question many parents have wondered: where should I park my stroller when I board the MAX? I don't take MAX with a stroller often, but - when I do - I will often just roll on and lock my wheels in the middle of the car because it can so hard to try to maneuver anywhere else. There was the instance, too, when the MAX once screeched to a halt and my sleeping babe strapped-in-stroller was toppled and chucked a few feet down the car.
As an extension of our online conversations, we have had ongoing conversations with TriMet management and staff, in person, to discuss ways that we can make the system more family-friendly, more family-welcoming.
Well, they have taken some steps. While arguably not the biggest institutional update, they added a visual that lets us know where we should roll with our babes in strollers. Previously, the area near the bike hooks displayed a visual that only invited bikes to hang in that area. Now, apparently, bikes, luggage, and strollers are all eligible occupants of the area.
I like it. I think I will feel a little less ambiguous or aimless when I board MAX when I see signage that tells me where I might like to situate. There is hearty conversation over at bikeportland.org regarding the new signs.
What do you think? Do the signs make a difference? Are they a good attempt to promote more riding among families? Do these new visuals matter to you?