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How safe are kid's bike trailers?(6 posts)

How safe are kid's bike trailers?chrisbaby
Mar 5, 2003 10:16 AM
My wife and I are at odds on the safety of these things. I'm looking at models from Yakima and Burley. Does anyone have any experience with these things? I will have to take my 2-year old daughter to day care and I would prefer to do it with one of these. the problem is this: there is a busy street on the way to day care. I told my wife that I would ride on the sidewalk for the 400 metre length of the road in question. she thinks even this is dangerous. I say no more than walking along it with the stroller. Any advice/experiences would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Chris
Pretty safe...PdxMark
Mar 5, 2003 10:55 AM
I never crashed ours (a Burley), but a friend did with his kids in it. They were fine. The trailer frame shields the kids pretty well. That's for any regular bike crash, which is maybe 99.9%. Getting hit by a car from behind would be a different matter, but that's a very rare occurrence, actually, though it does happen.

1/4 mile on a sidewalk should be fine, except that crossing driveways may be the biggest hazard. Cars won't be expecting you to be there. If you're as bright and colorful as you can be, the kids are probably safer in a Burley/Yakima than they are in the car.
You'll be fine on the sidewalk...biknben
Mar 5, 2003 11:04 AM
I have a Burley Solo. These, like many of the other brands are solid and safe. If you ride in a safe manner, your child will be fine.

My biggest fear is a vehicle that doesn't see me so I ride almost exclusively on sidewalks and paths. I just use the road while in my development.

The sidewalk will be fine. Just keep an eye out for cars at driveways and sidestreets. Many will pull out to the curb before bothering to look either way.

Tip: Use the flag that comes with it. It increases the dork factor but it really gets people's attention.
re: How safe are kid's bike trailers?lc21998
Mar 5, 2003 11:21 AM
I have a Burley and it's great. I once flipped it completely with my 4 year old inside and although she wasn't too impressed, she wasn't hurt at all, just scared. The cage and seatbelts protect the kids well.

What you do have to be careful about is the fact that you're now driving a semi. That means that your turns must be wider so that the trailer doesn't clip a curb or something, which is what happened to me.

Unless it's a really wide sidewalk, I'd hesitate to use a trailer on it. Things like trees, parking meters, etc. can cause lots of trouble.

Definately use the flag but be very aware that cars don't expect you to be towing a trailer.

On the whole, for short trips with a small child, I'm not sure if a bike seat is better or worse than the trailer. The trailer gives more protection and doesn't mess up your balance but it's a big target and people don't expect it.
re: How safe are kid's bike trailers?KEN2
Mar 5, 2003 2:17 PM
I used a Burley for both my daughters, now grown, and rolled it (actually tipped sideways) once with my older daughter in it. She thought that was fun--but they always had to wear the seat belt, plus a kid's helmet as well. Can't say I rode on super busy streets, but I went pretty much anywhere around a smaller-sized town (~30,000 pop.) with no problems. Unless the sidewalk is quite wide and unobstructed, you're more apt to get in trouble there than on the street IMO.
Only as safe as the person pulling it. nmgtscottie
Mar 6, 2003 10:45 AM