It’s time for another Streetsblog Network user-generated slide show, this one about families riding transit.
A couple of weeks ago, we wrote a post about family-friendly transit that generated quite a bit of response. There was a lot of talk about whether or not riding transit with children was "feasible" for most people. There was discussion of better access for strollers. There were suggestions about route topology and fare structures — all very worthy angles on the question.
But the value of family-friendly transit can be viewed in qualitative terms as well as quantitative ones. It can help to build the ties between parents and children and their communities — and that’s what we want to see pictures of. Commenter R. Sullivan summed it up:
[T]ransit is FUN for little kids. When my kids were growing up in Portland, OR, riding the bus or the light rail was like getting on a ride at an amusement park, no matter how frequently we rode. Plus, we talked; we spent time together!… [A]nother great thing about transit is that it offers teenagers freedom. Teenagers are like buses: adults malign them, maybe not thinking about how important they are.… Parents operating strollers can find themselves not even imagining their kids will be teenagers, who will want to travel on their own someday, even though their kids will be becoming teenage transit riders with unbelievable high speed train-like velocity. But transit is a positive thing for teenagers, and, generally speaking, what is good for teenagers — accessibility, price control, safety — is good for adults.
Fun and freedom are definitely two of the things that come to mind when we think about kids and transit. Have any shots that illustrate this? Send them along to us. You can e-mail me JPEGs at sarah [at] streetsblog [dot] org, or tag your photos in Flickr with "streetsblog" and "familytransit". I’ll put together a slide show for your enjoyment, and to show that taking kids on transit is not only quite feasible in many places — it’s also enjoyable.