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.

Call for Volunteers!

We’re gearing up for our North Cambridge Kidical Mass in a couple weeks, and we’re looking for a few more volunteers for leading and sweeping the ride.  If you’d like to help, drop us an e-mail here: carfreewithkids (at symbol) … Continue reading

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Walker and biker ed

There’s been a lot of learning going on at our house.  Our kids are working hard on two of the most important ways we transport ourselves in this family: It sure beats waiting until they’re 16! Related posts: How to … Continue reading

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Four Helmet Family

After what feels like centuries, baby R is finally on the bicycle.  Here in MA, the legal requirement is that babies be one year before riding on a bike, and while we love seeing all you fabulous folks out there biking … Continue reading

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Bay State Bike Week!

We’re a bit late to the party, but it’s Bike Week! I’ll be joining the bicycle convoy through Alewife tomorrow morning at 7:40 am (If you’re in the greater Boston area, there’s probably a convoy going through your neighborhood!), and … Continue reading

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Springtime in the Bike Lane

Winter is a hard time of year for those of us who don’t drive. Now, it’s also hard for folks who drive, and at least we don’t have to dig a car out after storms or drive all over town … Continue reading

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Food Waste Challenge

Since baby R was born, we’ve noticed waste creeping into our lives. We’re more likely to waste money on take out. I’m certainly treating myself to more coffees during the work days. When we need to buy something, we’re more … Continue reading

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How to raise a walker

At this point, our 3 1/2 y.o. H is a pretty reasonable walker. She walks the 6-ish blocks to and from daycare four days a week and walks the scant mile between our house and Davis Square (where grandma lives) … Continue reading

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One thing I’m glad I got wrong when bike shopping

Way back when we were trying to figure out what family bike to get, we thought that we were looking for a good way to bike with kids. We eventually found it, and love our current set up with an … Continue reading

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Embracing our Tiny House

Ever since we found out baby R was a boy, we’ve been thinking about real estate. We own a 650-ish square foot two-bedroom condo in North Cambridge (and about 40 of those sq ft are unheated enclosed porch). Our approximate … Continue reading

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Carfree Roundup

Here are some recent posts and stories that caught our eye: Totcycle >> Is Family Cycling Safe? One dad’s take on the safety (or not) of biking with kids. We couldn’t agree more. Most Civilized Conveyance >> Homecoming InkandPen and … Continue reading

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