Today caps off a month of having the kids at summer camp, and I’ve spend a good chunk of the last four weeks or so hauling either one or the other daughter downtown to summer camps. For the first three weeks, I took the younger one in on the Xtracycle, and we would pick up one of her buddies for the ride home.
I’m cheating a bit on this panda shot since I’m parked, not riding. Pretty soon the two of them will be a bit heavy to haul and and forth over this distance, and I’ll miss it. It’s nice to be able to hear them chatter excitedly all the way home. At the same time, they get to share the experience of the city with me, and we have fun observing daily changes in the streetscape. One key to making this work was to establish a routine stop along the way for jumbo freezies.
For the fourth week of summer camp, my passenger was the older daughter, and since we were going a little further east, we used the Family Tandem, so that I could put her to work. Here is a split screen view of the Jarvis bikelane, going south in the morning during rush hour, and observing a bit of graffiti on the way home. I must say it will be a shame when these lanes get taken out.
Here we are on the Railpath.
Hauling kids puts a premium on any available bike infrastructure. Those painted lines on the road give us a little of elbow room. In contrast, I got yelled at on Bloor for “putting the kids in danger”, by transporting them by bike.
The older one is certainly old enough to be able to get back and forth from downtown on her own bike, but I find it too stressful to shepherd her over longer distances on busy streets on my own. The Xtracycle and kidback tandems are great tools to get the kids back and forth safely, and with no more stress than my usual commute.