Time to Pass

Ok, I’m at 38 weeks pregnant today and I decided I should probably stop biking now, not because it’s too uncomfortable, but because I don’t want to go into labor on the bike or with the bike. I’m not sure what Dutch women say about this, but I’ve reached the end of my comfort zone. And my daughter was born a week before her due date.  I did ride my daughter to her first day of kindergarten though, and that felt good.

So, that’s it for me for now, but not for the bike, because I lent it to my neighbor Laura so she could bike her 3-year old to preschool and supervise my son and her daughter to elementary school.

They're off!
They’re off!
Our Neighborhood Bike Brigade
Our Neighborhood Bike Brigade

This scene just makes my heart happy because we only live a mile from school and it just seems silly that there’s a bus. This is a great way for the kids to get some energy out before school–especially since there’s a big hill!–learn road safety, and independence. So far, it’s working out well. Also, because my son is at an “Options” school, when he takes the bus, he needs to take 2 buses, which has never really worked out for him. So all in all, this is a good thing. Next spring, maybe you’ll see 2 cargo bikes (or me with three kids on one bike!) plus the older kids. Plus, there are other kids in the neighborhood I’d love to get in on the action.

And, yesterday I was back at G and O Family Cyclery buying a cup holder.  So now Laura can hold her coffee at least—and eventually I can also.  Next up, a mirror and lights.  Fenders this weekend hopefully. Do they sell turn signals for bicycles?

School Days

My son started back to school last week, so our biking caravan began!

All on the road!
All on the road!

The excitement was high for the first day and we got to school incident free. My daughter came along even though she didn’t have to, because she loves riding the Xtracycle so much. With blankets and stuffed animals, she thinks its more comfortable than the car. I’m at 36 weeks in this photo, so I got lots of strange looks and comments. Mostly people think I’m SuperMom. I’m not–there’s a lot of power assist, and its easier than walking–especially on the downhill!

Today, my neighbor is trying out the bike with her three year old, even I know that there will be some weeks that I can’t use the bike coming up. I’ll let you know how it goes!

We still haven’t gotten the fenders on the bike as we’ve had a few busy weeks, but hopefully in the next few days we’ll try that, as we know the rain is coming. My daughter has a full set of rain clothes that she needs for school, but I’m not sure about myself–I have a good jacket, but no shoe covers or trousers.  Anyone have recommendations?

Here’s something else to ponder while waiting for the baby:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2011/jan/07/bike-seat-child-age

Happy cycling!