Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Strolling

What is with the trend towards these huge strollers? Seriously, this is getting out of control. I really don't think we're that far from strollers with a built-in six-pack cooler and boombox, not to mention WiFi access so you can check your e-mail.

But hey, if you want a huge, tricked out stroller then power to you. Free market, power to the people, yada yada. I just ask, as a person that squeezes onto a transit bus twice a day, if you're a regular transit user (particularly during peak hours) and a stroller owner wouldn't it make sense to go with a slightly slimmer, smaller model of stroller, and not a huge monstrosity that blocks the aisle and takes up the space of five people?

Just wondering. And so ends my rant for today.

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8 comments:

Cerberus said...

Daycare strollers. Can take several kids out at once.

A BCer in Toronto said...

If that's the case Ted, then I blame Steve Harper. After all, our proposed Liberal unionized daycare institutions/re-education camps had electrified barbwire fences and trips weren't permitted.

jeff davidson said...

i have 2 kids and much experience with strollers. before my son started daycare, i travelled with him, his big sister and the rest of toronto daily along the bloor/danforth subway line en route to my other kid's school.
i learned that the smaller and lighter the stroller the better. true, using less space was the least i could do for my fellow travellers who were often treated to the shrieking sob-songs of my son during his first 2 years of public transit use. but, smaller strollers are also essential for proper defensive subway travel. if the machine is too big, people are tempted to use it as furniture. one morning, a woman actually placed her briefcase on my son's stroller. (my son was in the stroller at the time, surprise surprise).
i removed the bag and handed it back. she looked only slightly interested.
the best strategy, a small, lightweight stroller with big wheels for snow and the willingness to use a properly placed elbow during rush hour.

Aurelia said...

Cerberus, I'm so impressed you knew what a daycare stroller was. Really, I thought only mommybloggers would know...seriously, though I'm amazed a post about real life made it on to Liblogs. Yes, we may becoming a little more well-rounded eventually in the Party...

CL said...

I love daycare strollers. Nothing like going out for a jaunt and seeing 8 itty-bitty kids strapped in, taking a tour of the town.

Michael Enright did a rant on big kids in strollers a year or two ago (ie, 4-year olds). Whatsa matter? he wanted to know. Can't they walk? Are the strollers just being used to carry stuff? Now every time I see a big kid in a stroller I think of him.

A BCer in Toronto said...

Just to be clear it wasn't daycare stollers I was ranting about, perhaps I chose the wrong pic. I hadn't heard of daycare stollers, I just did a google image search for large stollers to illustrate the post.

While these would be murder on busses too, my beef has been with the single seaters that are still just massive. I remember when I was a youngin, and even when my youngest sister was that age, we had these little strollers that folded up for easy storage.

And we had to walk to school through the snow. Uphill, both ways...

Red Tory said...

Don’t take one of those things near the U.S. Embassy! (They’re prohibited – might contain a suicide bomb.)

Lolly said...

Some where I'll find the photo of the cadilac stroller our friends have for a 2 month old baby girl. It had three huge mountain bike tires, with a fold up to easy access of baby in a portable bed. A mosquito netting liner for a plastic see through cover ( in case it rains, in BC is used to rain). the amount of storage for a picnic, groceries, diapers and the soiled laundry was enormous ( esp when the fold up was folded up). The Mom's were tres' impressed.It was the hot topic of chat the day I spent strolling through the Filberg festival. The challenge of packing it in the back of the vehicle was what really ticked off Uncle M.