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Many cycling families thrive car-free

I could not disagree more with Lawrence Harmon’s “Car-free future? Not if you have a family to cart around” (Op-ed, July 13). Many families thrive in Boston without an automobile for transportation. My family is one of them, and with the right planning, there could be more.

We have two daughters, ages 5 and 2, and another due this fall. Our preferred mode of transportation is our cargo bike, which takes us to and from the kids’ schools, the zoo, playgrounds, ice cream shops, and friends. An average trip is around 9 miles.

Our bike is not a toy. It is a viable form of transportation for our entire family. We’re lucky to live near the Southwest Corridor bike path, and more people would choose our lifestyle if there were more cycle tracks, off-street bike paths, and bike lanes, not more parking lots.


I am excited that the Boston Redevelopment Authority and Boston Transportation Department are envisioning a future with more transit, walking, and biking when deciding how to plan for future growth, and are turning away from the car-based dreams of the 1960s.

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The numbers don’t lie. Car ownership is on the decline for a reason. More families are biking.

Todd Consentino