Are Strollers Hazardous to other MRT Commuters?

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Recently when browsing Facebook someone shared this article, taken from ST:

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This article has angered quite a few mummies and honestly speaking, I find it veryquite offensive as well. Reason being that this writer obviously sounded like someone who has never taken care of children before.

As a mother of twins and also a owner of a compact twin stroller, I am quite appalled by the writer’s view of stroller on board. The letter is wrong on so many levels I can’t even comprehend! While I understand that some parents might hoard the entrance/exit and blocking the way, I’m sure most of us would give way if you could just politely ask us to move slightly to facilitate traffic.

Here’s some of the things I couldn’t agree with:

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1) Writer claims the size of strollers are getting bigger.

Is it really? Actually I was thinking it is more like the opposite! In a country where there are limited spaces, a lot of barriers,small lifts and a lot of people, we parents will always try to get something that is as compact as possible, IF possible. I have even changed my stroller from a side-by-side to a front and back tandem stroller just so I can move about faster as there are many areas that are not so stroller-friendly. In addition, I noticed an increasing number of people buying the really lightweight stroller that makes it look like the child is going to fall off, like this:

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I am just being paranoid, I’m sure the stroller is completely safe but it is extremely compact. Probably for older children. Speaking of lifts, in a country where a lot of abled-bodied people board the lifts instead of taking the elevator, how can parents afford to get a damn huge stroller and never be able to fit into the available lift space?

2) Writer claims the size of the stroller will be hazardous during an emergency.

In an emergency, shouldn’t the young and old be allow to leave first? And also, during an emergency do you really think we can possibly park the stroller near the door and obstruct the passage way? We will be inclined to push the stroller and get out of the carriage first, right?! Having the children in the stroller will definitely be helping the situation in an emergency because moving out of the carriage (and also out of your way missus) will be quick and fast, imagine dragging scared children out of the carriage will probably take much longer isn’t it?

3) Writer asking for stroller to be folded up like bicycles on train

why are you even breathing? Have you ever carried a child and fold a stroller at the same time, and carry the stroller on board? Nuff’ said.

4) Writer think stroller should only be for babies, toddlers who can walk should walk

Sure, both my twins are toddlers now and they can walk fine. But trust me, you don’t want to be walking behind them, because it will take FOREVER. Simply because they are small and walk slow, that is why parents prefer for children to sit on stroller. Do you really think we love to push that damn thing out in the street? (By that damn thing, I mean the damn stroller, not the kid).

I rest my case. What do you think?

9 thoughts on “Are Strollers Hazardous to other MRT Commuters?

  1. Reading the newspaper article makes me wonder if the author is a mum herself.
    The day will come when she has to handle her bb n toddler, as well as the diaper bag……….

  2. Reading the newspaper article makes me wonder if the author is a mum herself.
    The day will come when she has to handle her bb n toddler, as well as the diaper bag……….

  3. Saying that strollers are hazardous to people on the train is akin to saying that people in wheelchairs will also "inhibit fast evacuation". I think people pulling trolley bags in any form are more hazardous and have a very high tendency to trip people.

  4. anyway Kat, this person is a Miss Tan. Obviously single and has no kids. And to be honest with you, most of these forum letters are written by retirees with too much time on their hands for the most part. That's why they have so much time to think of first world issues that do not impact them directly.

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