Strollers on buses (letter to CBC all-in-a-day)

From: Michael Richardson <> To: Subject: strollers on buses X-Mailer: MH-E 7.82; nmh 1.1; XEmacs 21.4 (patch 19) Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 16:52:04 -0400 Sender:

I am the father of a 3 year-old. I depend upon transit. I expect to have more children.

I have definitely seen strollers that are too big, but I have also seen far too many patrons, including older people, who will not move to get out of the way. I think is the because most of the bus operators do not give the older people (or the people with strollers) enough time to sit down.

I have both large (running stroller, yes a Chariot Cheetah) and smaller ones, including an umbrella stroller that we bought for $10, and has over 20,000km of travel on it (much of it in a luggage hold)

With a three-year old I do not need a stroller anymore, fortunately.

I am definitely in favour of limiting the size of strollers on buses. I definitely would like that. It would make my life easier, as it would make more room for more babies!

I am also in favour of limiting who can bring their walker on the bus, and where they can sit, and how big the walkers can be.

The fold-down triple seats need to be replaced: they should have a a two-seat and one-seat fold down, so that I can fold up two seats and sit next to my smaller stroller. Otherwise, I take up FOUR seats.

There is a vertical bar on many buses which keep the motorized wheel chairs from being able to get off the bus easily, causing those patrons to RUN OVER other patrons feet.

Many of the people who have to “move” to keep their feet safe are themselves older people.

Finally, on articulated buses, there are now seats in the articulation. In rush hour, we do not need 4 useless seats, we need standing room. Outside of rush hour, we have lots of seats.

They need to be removed so that there is space for luggage and people to stand, and yes. STROLLERS.