Originally Posted by Leilalu
I really don't feel bike trailers are all that safe. Maybe they are safer then they used to be......
I would have to agree with the other mom as well here. Your balance could be thrown off. There are too many variables to not have him strapped onto the bike itself.
i'm a little confused - do you mean that having him strapped to the bike itself would prevent his wiggling from throwing off the rider's balance or that in the event of a crash, he would be safer strapped to the bike?
i've actually been thinking about this issue (on vacation in europe and seeing lots of kids in those bike seats - no babywearing on a bike yet, though) because, to be honest, the seats look pretty unsafe to me. and, although i'm not a big cyclist, it seems pretty clear to me that having a heavy kid strapped to the back of the bike would be a lot more likely to screw with my balance than having the kid strapped to my back (never mind his wiggling) where his weight would essentially just be adding to my own, not wildly changing the whole center of gravity of the bike. does that make sense?
then, in the event of a crash... everytime i've ever fallen off a bike, one of two things happened: either the bike and i both went down, or the bike went down and i managed to save myself and end up on my feet. so, a kid strapped to a seat would be hitting the ground in either case. you'd be depending on the plastic seat and helmet to protect him.i do want to say that i know people who have unexpectedly flipped off the bike forward, over the handle bars
(from an overly sudden stop with front-only brakes, or failed rear brakes, or hitting some kind of obstruction) and i think that could easily end up with the rider on her back and seriously injuring if not killing a baby strapped to her back.
i just don't know if the seat would be better in any except that last most serious case. does anyone know if the seats even have safety standards and, if so, what they're meant to cover? it does seem to me like the trailers are probably safest in general, although in certain traffic situations, i'd think not.
and i think the mama in question knows best what kind of traffic, etc. she is riding in.
that was long and rambling. i honestly don't know what the safest option is. the idea of bike riding with my son on my back frightens me, but i don't really think you're putting yours at a dreadful risk. i wouldn't be surprised if a cop gives you a ticket or something, though.
maybe there's some data to be had from europe on the issue, if it's a common thing in some countries.