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Keep the T Rideable for Mothers with Children

The T is looking do ban open strollers, but taking a poll first. "Do you think baby strollers should be folded before customers board a bus?"
The most effected demographic by this rule would be single mothers with children, mostly in poor or minority neighborhoods that rely on bus traffic and are already historically under-serviced by the T.
If we start voting against the innocent b/c they are inconvenient to us, then we break the very bonds that a civil society is built on and go down a slippery road.
Who is next? Ban youngsters with back packs? Ban wheelchairs? The business men must have space for their briefcases after all.


Which is safer, 2 small children not holding mom's hand b/c she is folding a stroller or a grow adult having to walk around an open stroller?
Which takes up more space, 2 small children wandering around and a mom holding a folded stroller or 2 small children buckled in place with a mom pushing and controlling the stroller?

This rule would likely start with buses and then move to the train and commuter rail.

I don't see how I would be able to take my kids on the train safely without a stroller.


I have a friend whose young daughter bit through her lip after falling on the bus b/c the mom hold a folded stroller and wasn't able to hold on to her 2 children well enough.


Please vote against this unsafe proposal! It is an attack against the most vulnerable and innocent, single-mothers and young children.

Go to the MBTA Poll: or go click through the link on
Keep Boston open to mothers with small children.

Thank you!

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Comment by Brett on May 17, 2011 at 10:22am

Is there a reason you're posting this more than a week after the T announced there was never any intention to ban strollers and ther...?

Comment by Gretchen Van Ness on May 13, 2011 at 11:17am
And dads with strollers!  I'm all for keeping the T Rideable for Parents With Children, even if the majority are moms and grandmoms.
Comment by Loay on May 13, 2011 at 8:46am
Thanks for drawing our attention. A big No against harassing mom with strollers!

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