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Child Bike Seat, Bike Trailer, or Cargo Bike? – Part One

There are many options for traveling by bicycle with your children.  Should you choose a child bike seat, bike trailer, or a cargo bike?  Making the best choice for your needs can be a bit confusing.  We have created this primer series to help you choose the best set-up for your needs when traveling with children by bicycle.  

(This part is intended as an overview of some general considerations that will help you to select a suitable bike for the job, and examines some of the benefits and challenges of choosing the bike over the car.  Part Two (coming soon) will examine the various choices available for meeting your needs, including different bike styles and accessory options such as a child bike seat, bike trailer, cargo bikes, and gear carriers.  Your best choice will be influenced by your needs, which you will better understand by reading (this) Part One.)

A Child Bike Seat Alternative: Monkey Bars for the Yuba Mundo make it safe and fun to carry kids by bike!

Child Bike Seat Alternative: Yuba Mundo with Monkey Bars make it safe and fun to carry kids by bike!

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Carry Kids by Bike with the NEW Monkey Bars for the Yuba Mundo!

Are you looking for a way to carry kids by bike?  Many of our riders use the Yuba Mundo to transport kids to and from school and other outings.  The Monkey Bars have been designed with these families in mind, offering a bit more structure for the passengers, and peace of mind for the rider.

A Child Bike Seat Alternative: Monkey Bars for the Yuba Mundo make it safe and fun to carry kids by bike!

Child Bike Seat Alternative: Yuba Mundo with Monkey Bars make it safe and fun to carry kids by bike!

The Monkey Bars will accommodate multiple children with or without the Peanut Shell baby seat.  Have a look at the video below, and learn more about the Monkey Bars here.

Bay Middle School Bike-To-School Challenge

Do you sometimes lament that not nearly enough kids ride to school these days?  Damn, that makes me sound old.  Kids nowdays!!…  Well, take heart.  The Bicycle Revolution is coming at us big as the tsumanis and hurricanes!  Kids still love to ride bikes.  And with the energy of bike advocates all across the country raising the call of programs like safe routes to school and other bike-to-school challenges, kids are turning to bikes for their everyday transportation in droves.

Need proof, you say?  Thought you’d never ask.  Be prepared to be inspired by Bay Middle School near Cleveland, Ohio.  Propelled by the school’s Bike-to-School Challenge, 63% of the students of Bay Middle School rode to school this week.  Driven on by advocates like Lawrence Kuh, a fifth grade teacher at Bay Middle school and major advocate for biking, the students of this school pulled 28,641 pounds of carbon emissions out of the atmosphere and saved $3,857 in gasoline costs by having an average of 58% of the students ride to school instead of being taken to school by fossil-fuel vehicles.  Dig the numbers?  How about this: last year, the students tallied up enough bicycling miles to circle the globe 3 times!.  Impressive.

This school blew me away when I went to visit as part of the Yuba Bicycles “Change Your Mobility” Tour during Bike to Work Week.  I had the privilege to introduce their students to “What a Bicycle Can Do”.  I sure hope that Bay Middle School will inspire other schools to support bike to school programs.  Keep it up!

-Steve