Celebrate Earth Day and Reduce Carbon Emissions With Your Kids On…the Bus?!
posted by: Guest Blogger
Well, let’s head on over to the bus stop…
2. Kids love the bus. I am sure there is some kid who hates the bus. I have not met him. Most kids love buses – for good reason. Kids get to sit or stand just like adults, they get to interact with other people, and they get to pull the string for the next stop (this is a big deal). The light rail is even more exciting — A TRAIN! A transit trip can be half the adventure.
3. Denver transit is kid-friendly. You can roll your strollers onto the light rail and even on buses if there is room (you’ll have to fold them if the bus gets crowded). More personally, I’ve found Denver bus drivers and passengers to be kind and helpful when I was dealing with an uncooperative folding stroller, a lost hat, a cranky baby, or even just a chatty toddler who wants to interrogate them.
4. It sets a great example for your kids – and it’s a great way to start a conversation about environmental issues.
5. It’s easy. Especially if you haven’t ridden a bus in a while, you’ll be happily surprised at how easy it is now to figure out where and when to catch the bus and light rail. Just go to Google Maps, put in your start and destination, and click on the picture of the bus. It’s integrated with RTD’s schedules, so it will tell you where the bus or light –rail stop is, when to catch it, and when you’ll get there. You can also use RTD’s trip planner.
Another good tool is RTD’s MyStop. Every RTD bus stop now has a number on it – and if you call 303-299-6000 (press 1, then 1 again for a schedule in English) and type that bus stop number in, it will tell you the next 3 times the bus you want comes to that stop. (Or, if you’ve got a web browser, you can use RTD’s nifty mobile site’s MyStop feature). No more waiting with that anxious pit in your stomach, not knowing when the bus will show up. I keep the bus stop numbers in my phone so I can call from other places and time my departure.
• Snacks at the bus stop are nice because they pass the time and there is no eating on the bus.
• If you’ve got a little one, consider wearing your baby instead of a stroller – tackling stairs and getting on buses is a lot easier.
When she is not riding buses with her son, Meg Parish is a public-interest environmental lawyer. She lives in Denver.