Author Archives: Nathan

About Nathan

Nathan is a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience. He thinks parenting is way more fun when you don't have to worry about car seats.

Kids’ walking personalities

Rebecca wrote a great post recently at Green Baby Guide that got me thinking about the impact of kids personalities on walking for transport with small children. Rebecca is a carfree mom with a fantastically unmotivated walker, and she bemoans the constant … Continue reading

Posted in Child-related issues, Problems and issues, Walking | 6 Comments

What we ride

I thought it might be useful for readers to know in more detail what bike gear we use to ride with our kids. Sure, we ride our cargo bikes, but we also ride (and have ridden) several other more standard … Continue reading

Posted in Biking, Biking with cargo, Biking with kids, Child-related issues, Links and reviews, Our Xtracycle | 23 Comments

Car culture and kids toys

Like many families, we’ve just had a channukah-induced influx of toys into our house. Recent improvements in storage mean that we actually do have space for these toys, and they have been keeping our kids delightfully busy. We are also … Continue reading

Posted in Biking, Child-related issues, Links and reviews, Problems and issues, Sustainability and consumerism | 13 Comments

Local Roundup: Somerville Illuminations ride, cargo bike sightings, new local family bike list

Last weekend, H & I decked out our bikes in festive lights, put on all the wool socks we could find, and and headed out for the second annual Illuminations Ride put on by the Somerville Arts Council and the … Continue reading

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Unintentional Community

In the sort of circles we travel in, there is often talk of “intentional community” and it is always considered a good thing. Sometimes “intentional community” is discussed in the context of “co-housing,” where folks own individual homes, but pool resources … Continue reading

Posted in Benefits of being carfree, Cambridge and Boston area, Living locally | 7 Comments

True Life Stories of the Carfree– Melanie, Michael, Ryan (4) and Sarah (2). Winnipeg, Manitoba

In the fourth of our series about carfree families (that aren’t us), we turn to Melanie & Michael of Winnipeg, Manitoba, to provide us with some serious inspiration for winter riding as the weather gets colder. Are you a carfree … Continue reading

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Family Bike Shopping Part V: The Final Verdict

(See also Parts I, II, III and IV) In a final round of consideration, we looked at some of the higher-end bakfiets, looking for something essentially like Mike’s bike, but with a better raincover and a less finicky kickstand latch. … Continue reading

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Family Bike Shopping Part IV: The third and fourth bikes we almost bought, Joe Bike & Neat Bike Box Bikes

(See also part I, part II & part III) After ruling out the Zigo, I was able to take our friend’s Gazelle Cabby for a spin. Now, we weren’t actually considering a Cabby for reasons I’ll get into in a … Continue reading

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Family Bike Shopping Part III: The second bike we almost bought, the Zigo Leader

(See also Part I for info on why we were shopping and what we were looking for and Part II for the first bike we ruled out) After ruling out the Sun Atlas, the next bike we considered was the … Continue reading

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Sad to see him go…

We never got around to posting here about our new favorite bike mechanic, Tim Ennis, a.k.a. The Rolling Wrench, Boston’s first and only mobile bike shop, and Tim does it all by bike. You may have seen him out on … Continue reading

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