How to get Mamas on the Saddle?
A recent Chicago Tribune article talks about transporation professionals targeting women when it comes to programming encouraging more cycling:
Women have been called the “the indicator species” in bike-friendly cities because when they pedal, there’s a trickledown effect, said Garrard, a senior lecturer in public health at Deakin University in Melbourne.
We urbanMamas are a bunch of bike-riding mamas, but we weren't always this bike. At least, I wasn't. It's been a journey and constant exploration of different bike configurations and different affordabilities to find the best way to transport our kids and our gear. As a lot of you know, we have settled on the Xtracycle longtail as our family bike of choice. We can haul up to 3 kids, plus all their gear, and all our gear -- all on one bike. We love it so much that we now have two Xtracycles in our family.
There are many, many reasons why regular biking cannot work for some mamas. It could be schedule, cost, cargo. It could also be that a mama never learned to ride a bike. It could be that one kid goes to school in one quadrant but the other goes to school in another quadrant and then work might be in an all-together different quadrant. It could be that there really is not an extra few hundreds of dollars in the family budget to invest in a new bike set up.
Care to share? What makes it hard/impossible for you as a mama to hop on that saddle? If you are a biking mama, what makes it easy?