testing a stroller and car seat in the bakfiets

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    Today I tested to see if we could fit our stoller and the car seat safely into the bakfiets. We can. The carseat base will be strapped to the bike with a seatbelt, just like it would be in a car. The stroller will be strapped to the bike so it can't tip over towards the baby.

    Also, the front tire pressure will be reduced some to provide extra cushion on the ride.

    This transportation solution has already been successful in Amsterdam and more
    recently in Portland, Oregon.

    The solution is covered more here in How Bakfiets and Babies Mix.

    Our own government Center for Disease Control reports that motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the U.S. (2006). The leading cause of non-traffic fatalities for kids is the back over...often parents backing over their own children in their driveways, as documented in this CNN video and the Kids and Cars website.

    While family bikes are new here, all signs I've find point to them as a safe choice. It's only unfortunate that unlike in places like Copenhagen we don't have five models to choose from.

    1. Nopo Cougars 76 months ago | reply

      Don't want to tell anyone how to do, but as far as the stroller goes, I strongly recommend something a touch lighter. Especially for a child small enough to need an infant seat. I think the functionality of those two pieces, stroller and infant seat, is mutually exclusive.

    2. Mark Stosberg 76 months ago | reply

      Nopo Cougars, I think you are right about the stroller being heavier than necessary...even for a stroller. That we got this one free was a factor. :) I like baby-backpack idea, too. We found one of those at a Goodwill that I'm going to try out. Thanks for the comments and nice to "meet" you!

    3. Mark Stosberg 69 months ago | reply

      Follow-up: We never actually ended up using this car seat, stroller, or fastening system, because the baby was almost 20 lbs by the time she was 6 months old and ready to go on the bike.

      Here's the setup we actually used.

    4. Soirenoir 58 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called SEATS for Kids, and we'd love to have this added to the group so that we could use it for training purposes!

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