If you were told to remove your baby/child from there stroller before riding the city bus, would you find another means of transporation or continue riding the bus??

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Nathifa - posted on 05/31/2011

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I DO have twins and I am facing the same issue. I think I will file a civil complaint as it is obviously a problem in a city such as NYC where public transportation is often a must and it is not always possible to have someone else to travel with.

Janice - posted on 02/03/2009

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Not sure what country you are in, but here we always have to remove our babies from their strollers and fold them up as the strollers impede other passengers. If it isnt very full on the bus, they will sometimes allow the small umbrella strollers. I would like to see something for you to put your stroller on like the racks they have for bikes on the front of the bus. I would still ride the bus

Paulette - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi Stacey, I can totally understand your hurt feelings. I think your being a good mom too. My father use to drive public bus transportation and he told me why babies riding on buses in strollers isn't a good idea. The reasons are...even though you are holding the handle is only takes one quick jar from someone hitting the bus for the stoller to go flying. Depending on where you sit as to what direction the stoller will fly and strike the child against which surface(seat, floor or window). The other reason is that it could be a tripping hazard for other people trying to get to a seat or to get off the bus. ---If the bus driver was smart/short with you in asking you to close up your stoller before entering the bus....I would report him to the bus company.--- It is part of his job to be pleasant and not rude.  If he ased/told you nicely but did not explain why...then I would say to let it go unless he is rude to you the next time you go to ride on his paticular bus. I think your being a protective like a lioness mother. Take care.

Jessica - posted on 02/03/2009

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Well, it is a pain in the ass to get the child out of the stroller... but I am sure you are meant to. And fold up the stroller to ensure you use minimum space up??

It depends on how much it annoyed me, I guess. And what other options were available to me. I can't really guage it as I dont ride the bus.



How did you deal with this situation? What other means of transportation are available to you?

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Emilie - posted on 05/31/2011

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If I HAD to take the bus and had no other transportaion I would fold up the stroller and hold the baby on my lap.

Adina - posted on 05/31/2011

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I don't think I'd have a choice if I wanted to ride the bus. Sometimes it's just too crowded to fit one in. If the bus wasn't crowded I'd be pretty mad but I'd do it unless I was willing to walk. You could always call the office and find out if this is something you are required to do.

Ashley - posted on 02/04/2009

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stacey i totally agree with you that bus companies arent fair to mothers/fathers. we have actually been told by bus drivers that we werent allowed on that bus because they had to go pick up high school kids at the next stop and there wasnt room for us. high school kids can wait outside in the cold, my 8 month old son...i dont think so!....they can be extremely rude at times. whats' good about the busses in ottawa the front seats completely fold up. some of the busses all of the seats until you get to the very back of the bus fold up so the stroller fits perfectly without being in the way of anyone. i think that's a wonderful idea because we can still bring our strollers on the bus and we arent in the way. i couldnt imagine having to hold my son in my arms and fold up the stroller. what do you do if you have twins?!...or two children that are still in strollers?....i guess if you are used to it it's not such a big deal.

Billeta - posted on 02/04/2009

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I have been in your situation.  We decided to take the bus to DC rather than take separate cars and find parking.  The other people at the stop were very kind to let my husband and I on first since we had two strollers.  However the bus driver was very rude and said I had to fold the stroller first.  I explained that we didnt know the rule about the strollers but had planned to fold the strollers and that we wanted to get the kids out of the cold first.  Since I wasn't going to yell back and forth with him.  I got off the bus and we folded the strollers.  Based off of his rudeness alot of people made comments about his rudeness as they entered the bus.  In addition, a man with a wheelchair needed assistance onto the bus.  By the time we got on the bus and the man with the wheelchair you could see the bus driver was embarassed by his rudeness.  Therefore, I didnt pursue calling the corporate headquarters on him.  I personally havent taken the kids with me back on the bus, but if it were my only transportation, I wouldn't let this situation hinder me.  I say if you feel the driver was excessively rude, call his superiors and let them know your complaint.  They are in a position where customer service should not include being rude to people who may not know the rules.

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Of course I'd continue riding the bus, I haven't been on a bus yet that let me leave my daughter in the stroller. I always use the cheap folding stroller when I'm going to ride the bus since I can fold that up with one hand/foot and hold onto the baby with the other while getting the right change in the slot.

Paulette - posted on 02/03/2009

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You may try using a velcro strap to attach it to the seat leg or a pole on the bus...just a thought.

Stacey-Marie - posted on 02/03/2009

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That's common practice where i live, you only have to take a baby out if isn't a bus with designated areas for buggies and a wheelchair. Its not a big deal over here.

Stacey - posted on 02/03/2009

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I mean by folding up the stroller is yes to mimimum the space but also to not have strollers sliding around, i am sorry if the parents cant put the break on the stroller then that is their problem if the stroller rolls. I personally havent dealt with it because when the new rules came into affect i was still pregnant and havent had to use the city bus, but right now the means of tranportation for me is my mother or my feet. I just feel that the city bus company is not being fair to mother/fathers with young children

User - posted on 02/03/2009

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in calgary that is there job to tell you that. they ONLY do it when it is extremely high demand time for buses. although not all bus drivers are like that we need to respect everyone else just as we expect them to repect us mothers with strollers.

User - posted on 02/03/2009

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I would probably keep riding the bus. I would rather my child be right with me.

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