Taking the kids out to dinner

Tonight my wife rode our two kids out to dinner in the bakfiets. The 9 month old baby rides in a rear-facing car seat, while the 4 year old sits on the bench seat. The target restaurant was in a mall parking lot off a busy road, about 3 miles away. However, with a bit of research and experimentation, we found a back way into the mall that is only a bit further and is much lower traffic. We even got to see a rabbit!

I rode along on our electric Yuba Mundo with the requisite parenting gear. The trip was a great way to combine some exercise, family time and transportation.

  • ilana

    I know this is a year old but hope you don’t mind answering a question! Is there enough leg room for the child on the bench with the car seat in the base? My worry is there will be get resting on/kicking baby!

    Thanks 🙂

    • markstos

      Hello Ilana,

      There was enough room there, but it is a tight fit. This is a small car seat that the baby fills up. Some car seats practically swallow the children, and take up more room. One of those likely wouldn’t fit in combination with a child on the bench seat.

      Since a bike has an average speed of more like 10 MPH, the same level of protection is not necessary for a vehicle that goes 60 MPH.

      In any case, this configuration is useful for a relatively short period of time. Depending on which advisors you use, the baby might not be on the bike at all until 6 months old, and then by about 1.5 years old they can sit up on the bench seat next to their siblings. So that’s about a year window.