It’s true - kids travel free on London public transport! According to visitlondon.com, the official visitors guide, kids under ten travel free, and under 16 at reduced prices. Very nice!
But of course price isn’t the only issue that determines whether buses are child friendly or not. My stories above already point at some other issues: accessibility, i.e. is it possible to get onto and off the bus with a stroller? Does one then necessarily block the door, or is there enough space to maneuver a bit? How high is the step, how wide is the door. And for older kids: is it easy to sit or hold on to a bar at their height?
Other issues are: how long is the wait between buses? How convenient are the routes? How far apart are the bus stops located? (a radius of about a 10 minute walk to the stop is usually considered ‘walkable’ in an urban setting).
As I’m listing these issues, it’s becoming obvious: whatever would be considered child-friendly, really is just ‘human-friendly. Lots of other citizens would appreciate wha would pass as child-friendly public transportation. And finally, if the bus stop looks like the one with the swings in Toronto… even better!
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