3 days ago news broke out that the TTC(Toronto Transit Commission) was going to tackle the growing concerns and complaints about strollers on buses, street cars and subways.
Should the TTC charge more? Make the limit 2 strollers for buses and streetcars? Enforce strict rules for stroller traffic during rush hour times? If you don’t live in Toronto and don’t know what I’m talking about here it is on Global News.
A Toronto resident asked City Hall to limit the amount of strollers on the TTC.
What has been mentioned to be done in the media:
Maybe a redesign of the streetcars and buses should be evaluated in the new designs they are working on? This is a huge city, a lot of people rely on getting from A to B via public transit. People react to strollers in a negative way which is always so easy to do and what a waste of energy. Charging $2 more has been suggested as well…We know that will not go over well at all nor be implemented and limiting the amount of strollers on public transport.
Here’s an idea!
I am flabbergasted that with all this kerfuffle no one has even mentioned an easy and cost effective alternative. BABYWEAR!! Why not get a baby carrier? It doesn’t take up any room. It leaves your hands free. You ALWAYS know where your kid is. And best of all, you have direct contact at all times which is very reassuring for a young one, especially in unfamiliar places. Got two kids? I know it gets harder when you’re traveling with two or more children but babywearing one of them or in tandem is a more than feasible option.
Or if you are going on the subway/bus/streetcar you can collapse the stroller and babywear as you get on and off. We should always be courteous to our fellow travelers as they should for us when we board with strollers.
A little while ago I did a Wordless Wednesday post about traveling through the city because I know the TTC has had some issues with the public at large recently. I have received nasty looks myself on several occasions from TTC workers when I’d ask for help up the streetcar stairs in my Maclaren umbrella stroller. Unfortunately you can’t always count on strangers to help either in this great city.
Not every station has an elevator and when you’re a new mom taking the escalator can be intimidating and dangerous.
So why not invest in a good carrier? Add one to your Baby Registry or ask for one for your birthday? If cost is an issue, you can find them online on Kijijii They are cheaper than strollers after all and the good ones (which I endorse) will last a very long time. Once Upon a Child also has a good selection sometimes.
The last time I checked, the growth and health of a city is based on the family and the new people, ie babies, that come into it everyday. Streetcars have always been very difficult to navigate with a child in a stroller, and if you’re like me, you’ve often felt that city hall is against the idea of families in the downtown core. Now ONE impatient person, who obviously has no kids, makes a complaint and the whole city is abuzz with ‘banning the stroller’ talk. What’s next? No children allowed on the TTC?
Families are moving back downtown people! These little ones are our future so let’s not make it ever more difficult for them or their parents to thrive.
Thank goodness cooler heads have prevailed for now. But the simple fact that this made the news in such a big way suggests that it may not be gone for good.
This is also why wearing your baby makes so much sense in this town. Take my word for it. People love seeing my son on my back. It gets so many smiles. People will happily make room for you. There is a connection there between parent and child that is very obvious to everyone.
This is a post from a mom of a singelton’s point of view. I’ll let you know how using the TTC and what it’s like with twins, babywearing and a preschooler in the Spring 😉
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