Author Archives: Nathan

About Nathan

Nathan lives in North Cambridge, MA with his wife and two kids, and prefers never to be in cars if he can avoid it. Nathan thinks parenting is way more fun when you don't have to worry about car seats.

Oh, and we’re queer too (Blogging for LGBT families day)

Every year, I intend to participate in Blogging for LGBT Families Day, and every year, I forget. This year, I remembered one day late, so I’m counting this as good enough and going with it. Now, Angela and I are … Continue reading

Posted in Links and reviews, Problems and issues | 5 Comments

New England Bicycle Expo May 7-8

Local bikers, come check out the first ever New England Bicycle Expo at the Armory in Somerville May 7-8. There will be exhibits by local bike companies, bike swapping, presentations, and several group rides all day Sat and Sunday. Of … Continue reading

Posted in Going and staying carfree | 3 Comments

Winter Toddler Transport

Winter, especially the kind of winter we had around here (in January anyway) can pose some problems for the carfree family. It comes with obvious perks, like not having to find parking or dig out a car, but it can be … Continue reading

Posted in Child-related issues, Problems and issues, Walking | 7 Comments

Actually, we can’t afford a car

We actively choose to live our lives without a car.  When our truck died, way back in 2004, we probably could have found enough money to get another one if we’d really wanted to.  We wouldn’t have been happy about … Continue reading

Posted in Benefits of being carfree, Frugality, Problems and issues, Sustainability and consumerism | 22 Comments

Carseats for the Carfree: Travel Vest vs. Backless Booster

A while back, we said we’d be picking up the Ride Safer Travel Vest (about $120 — careful, that link has really annoying music) for H and promised to report back. We got it, and then it sat around not … Continue reading

Posted in Car sharing, Child-related issues, Problems and issues | 7 Comments

Two-kid longbike advice, as requested

Our last post on child bike seats takes the cake for fabulous input from readers.  You guys are great, and all the feedback on different set-ups in one place is fabulous.  Keep it coming.  We recently got a comment there … Continue reading

Posted in Biking with kids, Child-related issues, How-to | 13 Comments

Getting off the ground with a child bike seat

We frequently get questions from parents seeking basic guidance on choosing a bicycle seat (and possibly a bike) for riding with a small child.  This seems like it should be an easy task, but it can be surprisingly difficult to … Continue reading

Posted in Biking, Biking with kids, Child-related issues, How-to, Links and reviews | 41 Comments

Smart phones, Park(ing) day and peer-to-peer carsharing

Friday is PARK(ing) day!  Cambridge is hosting 6 temporary parks in parking spaces up and down Mass Ave this Friday Sept. 17, with hoola hooping, bubbles, live chickens, and more!  Not-so-baby R (he started big kid daycare this week!) and I … Continue reading

Posted in Going and staying carfree | 6 Comments

How I really feel about ipods

A couple months ago, when Angela wrote about courtesy between folks using different modes of transport, a spat broke out in our comments that got me thinking. John writes: I am very much in agreement with your statement that faster … Continue reading

Posted in Biking, Problems and issues, Public transportation, Sharing roads and paths, Walking | 15 Comments

Finding my bike community

I began biking in earnest about 14 years ago, at age 18. I was living on my own for the first time in downtown Denver.  I needed to get to work, and I was tired of the bus. On a … Continue reading

Posted in Biking, Cambridge and Boston area, Living locally | 6 Comments