I hope everyone enjoyed the innovation theme of last weeks articles. I did, but it is time to go back to some new tips on how to make a green commute easier.
A mass transit commute can seem chaotic at first. Lots of people are sharing a vehicle, you have to keep track of which station you are at, different routes, different costs for different services and so on. Is it really possible to bring kids to that kind of environment? Well, yes, I am a living example of that, being raised without a car in the family. But it does take some forethought. Without it, it will not be enjoyable for anyone.
Let me explain. Children on the bus can be really cute. I really enjoy seeing a kid asking mum/dad questions, singing etc on the bus. But noughty children is not cute and disturbs the other passengers as well as add to the stress of the parent. I´ll let a real life example point out how it shouldn´t be; on a train ride some months ago me and my girlfriend shared a cupe with a mother and a child of about 6. The child was hyperactive, screamed, managed to pour lemonade over some very expensive study material of mine, jumped on the table and disturbed everyone around. Regardless of what we did the mother responded with “but she is so cute”. The point is; it is possible to bring children on the bus. It is a safe environment. The risk is minimal at best. Try it out, but make some preparations.
- Make sure YOU know the route, and see if you can bring a stroller on the bus. Ask the driver. That way you know the rules of the game in advance so to speak.
- Keep the kids occupied. Letting them run amok disturbs the other passengers.
- Bring a snack and some water/lemonade.
- Bring a bag for excess clothing. Public transportation can be a warm
- Use common sense. Would you accept your child’s behavior if it weren’t yours? Other travelers should give you some space, but scenes like above should always be avoided. There are limits to patience after all.
I am by no means an expert on children, rather the opposite. But riding the bus every day neats you many examples of how you can do it, and of how much they can benefit from it. One benefit is increased mobility. How many parents drive their children everywhere when they are getting old enough to enter clubs and activities? What about if the kid could take the bus home by them selves when they get older? Another benefit is that moving from place to place by other means then car, like with bike or walking, is good for the health. A third one is that you get to spend some quality time with your kid while showing him/her the real world.
A green commute should be an alternative for everyone, and it is. It is just a matter of preparations and a positive frame of mind. Try it out. This article is a really good starting point of how to go about bringing the kids on public transportation. I can recommend a read through. And afterwards, try it out. Bring the kids. Commute greener. Enjoy the benefits of a greener commute, and pass down the knowledge.