If you live in a major city that has a subway system and you have children, then you have almost surely had to take the train with your stroller. It is not easy. Elevators only fit one so very often you are in line behind three other strollers, you miss the train, can't get through the turnstiles and always live with the paranoia of your stroller rolling down the train when they make a sudden stop (or maybe that is just me).
If you have a double stroller, then all bets are off. Last year, I got stuck in an elevator in Boston with my massive double wide that would not turn (the stroller was too big for the elevator so I had to wedge it -- and myself -- in). By the time I got out, I was hysterical.
So, news that the MBTA -- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority -- is considering a move that would require all strollers to be folded on trains and buses is infuriating to most moms in Boston.
Of course, this rule is not new.
Chicago prohibits open strollers on trains and buses and New York once considered a similar plan.
Anyone who has ever ridden on a subway with a double stroller (or even a single one), one or two kids, a diaper bag and whatever else you are forced to carry when you are a mom, knows that it is no small thing to fold up a stroller without losing the baby or having to set him or her down on something he may roll off of.
Clearly this was not all that well thought out. Actually, that's not true. I am sure it was well thought out, but not from the perspective of the person strolling. Yes, strollers are annoying, especially at rush hour. And yes they get in the way and crowd out coveted floor place. But folding them up is not practical, not with the ways the doors only stay open for 40 seconds to allow people on and off. Parents and caregivers would stop taking the train.
And maybe we should. It is clear we are not welcome. Maybe we should take the $1.50 we would have invested in fare and spend it on something that involves people with respect for what we do.
Do you ride the subway with kids and a stroller?