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Marion and her daughter Gleneden.

Welcome to Carfree Families, a column about biking with kids written by Marion Rice.

Marion is a mother of two (ages 5 and 2) and she’s full of ideas and tips about how to be a confident and capable carfree mom or dad.

If you’ve got kids and you want to drive less and ride more, stay tuned for articles on everything from exploring family bike options, to cycling with babies and toddlers.

For more inspiring examples of family riding, view BikePortland.org’s Family Riding Photo Gallery or browse the Family Biking story archives.

Read the latest Carfree Families articles by clicking the headlines below.



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Need a transportation bike for your kid? Good options are out there

Posted on December 8th, 2009 at 12:41 pm.

Most kids’ bikes available in the US, like these spotted at Tour de Ladd this fall, aren’t fitted out for city riding. (Photo © J. Maus) After an exhaustive search for a good city bike for my son, I have concluded that kids bikes in general are in a sorry state. Either they are poorly Read More »

Review: Bridging the independence gap with the FollowMe

Posted on October 1st, 2009 at 8:00 am.

[Publisher's note: This review is by our Family Biking columnist Marion Rice. Marion's last column explored safety and cultural issues around carrying infants by bike.] Griffin and dad test riding the FollowMe.(Photos © J. Maus)

Carrying your infant by bike: How young is too young?

Posted on August 24th, 2009 at 1:56 pm.

A baby seat in a bakfiets is not a rare sight in Portland.(Photos © J. Maus) A reader contacted us with a dilemma — she is about to have her first child, she doesn’t own a car, and she travels primarily by bike. In preparing for her new life as a parent, she had some Read More »

How to navigate through your child’s first bike purchase

Posted on May 27th, 2009 at 8:55 am.

Marion Rice and daughter Gleneden [Publisher's note: This article is by our Family Biking columnist Marion Rice. Marion's last two columns have been about biking while pregnant. Today she talks about negotiating a first bike purchase with your child.] Starting at about 10 years old, I can remember going everywhere on my bike with my Read More »

Biking with a bump (at 32 weeks)

Posted on April 27th, 2009 at 9:50 am.

[Editor's note: The story below, written our Family Biking columnist Marion Rice, is a follow-up to a story we published on February 2nd. That story introduced you to Portlander Angela Koch and posed the question: Should you ride while pregnant?] Angela Koch, 32 weeks pregnant, pedals happily along SE Ash Street.(Photos © Dan Liu) Angela Read More »

Biking with a bump: Should you ride while pregnant?

Posted on February 3rd, 2009 at 2:05 pm.

Marion Rice and daughter Gleneden [Publisher's note: This article is by our Family Biking columnist Marion Rice (bio). Marion previously wrote about how to deal with kids who don't want to go by bike. Today, she delves into the topic of biking while pregnant.]

What to do when kids don’t want to go by bike

Posted on December 5th, 2008 at 10:53 am.

Marion Rice and daughter Gleneden [Editor’s note: This article is by our Family Biking columnist Marion Rice. Marion previously wrote about how to keep kids warm and dry on the bike. Today, she offers up her tips and thoughts about what to do when your little ones don’t feel like hopping on the bike (which Read More »

Keeping kids warm and dry on the bike

Posted on October 30th, 2008 at 11:32 am.

Marion Rice and daughter Gleneden This article was written by our Family Biking columnist Marion Rice. For previous articles in this series, and for links to other articles and photos on family biking, check out the Family Biking Page.

Biking with kids? Tether that sippy cup, and bring some snacks

Posted on July 3rd, 2008 at 1:57 pm.

Marion Rice and daughter Gleneden [This article was written by our Carfree Families columnist Marion Rice. For previous articles in this series, and for links to other articles and photos on family biking, check out the Carfree Families Page.]

Biking with the flow: The challenges for women during that time of the month

Posted on June 5th, 2008 at 12:02 pm.

Marion Rice and daughter Gleneden [This article was written by our Carfree Families columnist Marion Rice. For previous articles in this series, and for links to other articles and photos on family biking, check out the Carfree Families Page.] Some of you may wonder what this post has to do with family cycling, but I Read More »

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