Irresponsible Baby Biking?

Irresponsible Baby Biking in Hoboken

Spotted this “mom” the other day. She was schlepping her child (or something else – see below) in some bicycle contraption around the treacherous streets of Hoboken. And I thought that was wrong on all counts!

Well – to be fair, I think personal responsibility is one thing. If a person deems themselves “capable” of common sense and situational awareness – sure, that is perfectly acceptable.

But if I had to wear the “hat” that most people don these days – I would be forced to say this is UNACCEPTABLE!

Because for starters, putting the baby, toddler, child (or thing) up front allows them to be the FRONTLINE of damage in case of an accident. Cars running stop signs. Drunk drivers. Maniacal police officers. You never know!

baby biking mom wears no helmet in Hoboken

This lady rode through the intersection as if I wasn’t distracted! What if I was texting or updating my kitten video page on fakebook?

By having the little-one up front leaves almost no room for error. The child is the victim if you react too late.

In all practicality, children should always be at the rear of a bicycle. Same holds true with the stroller-moms who poke out into intersections with their kids first. Not a good idea.

Sure, that bike contraption was kind of cool. Maybe one day I’ll buy one too. But not for traversing the horrid streets of Hoboken. Not ever.

PS: it could have very well been a DOG, I don’t know for sure. Some people schlep their disabled (or pudgy) pets all around these days. Some folks who haven’t (or can’t) have kids – treat their pets like kids – so that may have been the case. Everyone has to have some kind of shtick, right?

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Angry Bird
Angry Bird
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 11:31 am

You are not entitled to use the sidewalk with that contraption just because you (justifiably) think the street is way too dangerous to drive your kids in that thing! Walk with your children or move away to a better place for them!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 2:54 am

Riding bikes on the sidewalks is the problem whether it is a dog, baby or stuffed animal. I thought bikes were prohibited on Hoboken sidewalks! That should be the topic.

Monday, March 28, 2016 11:22 pm

There is a jackass dad that recklessly barrels down first street in one of those contraptions, with one or two kids, unrestrained and sans helmets, daily. He pays no mind to pedestrians and flies into intersections without a first or second glance.

Monday, March 28, 2016 5:57 pm

How about the mothers who leave their kids in the car with the vehicle running while they “pop” inside for few minutes?

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