Don’t Buggy Me!

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To working moms who ride the bus,
Your strollers cause some folks to cuss,
They clog the aisles and take up space,
We don’t want babies in our face!

Generation war:  An article in the news today got me ranting. A woman in her early sixties complained to the transit authority that there were too many buggies and strollers in the aisles on buses. She said they should impose a limit on the number of baby vehicles allowed on board, and mothers should be denied access if that limit is reached. What a wonderful idea!!! And thought up by an aging boomer who may need a walker on the bus someday. 

Lest we forget: Everyone knows that working mothers of young babies have it too easy. Refusing to let them on and making them wait at a bus stop a little longer to catch the next bus (if that bus has not yet reached its quota of strollers) is not too much to ask,  if you have a baby in tow, is it?  And as we Canadians know, our winters are very refreshing and we are fortunate to have the luxury of hats, mitts and coats to keep us toasty warm on those -25 degree days.  

Morning bliss: We all know that mothers with babies ride buses – not because they don’t have cars – but because they want to relax and enjoy the view on their way to work.  And anyone who has gotten a child ready for daycare before themselves in the morning, knows what a joy this experience can be. So who do these mothers with strollers think they are? And why should they expect to be welcomed by bus drivers and other passengers? Shame on them!

Easy rider: Young mothers are known to be quite relaxed when dropping children off at daycare, especially if that child is screaming or clinging to said mother’s leg. And the reward to the parent for this experience, is often boarding yet another bus to get themselves to work on time. Obviously these irresponsible mummies are taking advantage of the bus system, designed to help real everyday more important folks get about the city.

Teach them a lesson:  So it’s only fair to say that the self-serving behaviour of these young mothers (and babies) should be punished by any civilized society with a conscience. And certainly, banning them from getting on buses with buggies and strollers is a good start. Let them stay home and eat cake!

Money-maker: Perhaps imposing a hefty fee per stroller would work to discourage this selfish behaviour.  That would teach young parents to be prudent in their frivolous decisions to take baby vehicles on a bus, and inconvenience other more deserving passengers.

Radical thoughts: Alternatively, it has been suggested that a couple of rows of seats be removed from buses to allow for parking baby vehicles on board. In my view, this is far too simple a solution and should be discouraged at all cost. Our children deserve a much more complicated solution.   

Leave it at home: The more enterprising of young mothers could be encouraged to save money and leave the strollers at home. They could bulk-up their muscles, get in better shape and take juggling lessons. That way, they could more readily carry said crying-baby-in-snowsuit, complete with blankets, toys, diaper bag, purse and lunch bag onto the bus…without too much difficulty. And over time, many of these items could be strapped to the back of the toddler, as soon as they begin walking. No baby vehicles required. Problem solved.

Last word: Mothers of small children have had it easy long enough. I say we unite and take a stand…even if it has to be on a bus with a bunch of buggies and strollers!

So that’s my ranting, tongue-in-cheek,
I hope you know of which I speak,
Let’s think it through, for heaven’s sake!
And give moms everywhere a break.

Pat Skene 

16 responses »

  1. Your tongue in cheek sentiments mirror mine, exactly. As if young mothers don’t have it hard enough! I could not believe this is an issue. Someone complaining that a person with a walker can’t get by a person with a stroller. How many times a day does that happen and inconvenience others? Not many, I’d wager. And mothers sitting in the middle seat making the ones on either side of her unavailable. I’ll bet most mothers on busy buses stand like the rest of us. Give them a break. And don’t add another dime to their transportation burden. I doubt they are dangling frivolous lattes amongst the gear that’s required to get a toddler anywhere these days.

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    • Amen to that. Thanks for your comment. It’s amazing how even the bus drivers give these poor moms a hard time because they have to lower the step. And God help you if you have twins!

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  2. Surely you can send this to the people considering the changes to policy and how to thwart mothers with babies and strollers. Perhaps your next rant could zero in on these idiots and the miserable creature who initiated the complaint.

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  3. Pat, I think you did a wonderful job of covering all the key items related to strollers on TTC transit.
    Great job! Keep on rolling!

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  4. Well done Pat Skene!! That aging boomer ( and any person sharing her views) should be careful……..everything we put out there will come back to us!

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    • I remember it very well in my younger days and I think that’s why it resonated with me so strongly. Life is tough and as a young mother scrambling to get to work in the morning with babies in tow – well, that’s a challenge we should never underestimate. Thanks for reading.

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