Originally Posted by 3_opihi
I'm not going to get into whether it's safe to carry a baby on bike or not. It's probably not - but this is sounding very American-centric to me. I'm *pretty* sure a large portion of the world carries babies around on their backs/bikes/heads/car/bus and yep, it's dangerous for sure but I'm not sure it's worth specifically calling out a pair of parents in the newspaper, kwim? In fact, I know there is a bike seat in the Netherlands, that actually attaches to the front of the bike, like a basket and people use them all the time. But of course, in America it's to dangerous to use. We're just a dangerous country.
Sometimes you've just got to let things go. I've done plenty of stupid things to my kids in public. The last thing I need is for someone to write a letter to the newspaper about it.
What she is trying to do with the letter is point out the safety issues with having a child that age on a bike. As pointed out in my post, it is even illegal in some states.
Portland is one of the most bike friendly cities in the US. It would fall to reason that safety issue be made public as a PSA.
While I do agree with you that sometimes the US goes too far in their "safety" regulations, when it comes to the safety of a small infant I think it is prudent to follow them.