The Bike Guy: When wonders of new options flirts with protective parenting.November 9, 2018
Then, with our own kids, we quizzically adopted the flimsy plastic buckets that were the first car seats.
Now, any one of those acts can get you cited or at the very least publicly shunned as abusive parents and guardians.
We all now, under federal mandates, strap steel-reinforced Barcaloungers into our back seats before kids are allowed near a car.
And, well … what are we to do now about tiny kids and bikes?
It is a time of never-before-dreamed-of opportunities to do apparently crazy things with tiny kids in what are apparently semi-safe ways.
They are, from the retro-parental perspective, quite beautiful and even inspiring.
Unless, of course, you are on the staff of the American Association of Pediatrics, which is fixated on such non-fun subjects as neurodevelopment, micro-traumas and the general fragility of the human brain in its earlier stages, etc., etc.
So certainly no one has ever attached an infant sling-mounted trailer to a bike, right?
Clarification: In a recent report on construction of 13.5 miles of the Minnesota Valley State Trail, from the Bloomington Ferry Bridge to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, the project was described as “fully funded” with $2.164 million from the state Legislature.
The questions are increasingly complex and challenging when it comes to hauling wee ones.
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