Bakfiets Present Danger of ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ For Infants

Background Reading

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


A baby seat in a bakfiets is not  a rare sight in Portland. (Photos © J. Maus)

A baby seat in a bakfiets is not
a rare sight in Portland.
(Photos © J. Maus)


The most important part of this piece is about the actual injury that riding a ‘backbites‘ presents to a child:

“It’s not about crashes at all, it’s about the potential for repeated mild trauma to the brain because of bumps associated with everyday road conditions. What is undocumented is what is happening to the brain during the bumps. Think of the movement of a bobble head doll in slow motion — that’s what may be happening to the brain in the skull inside the infant’s head after some big bumps.”

“Neurodevelopment is critical during the younger years. An infant’s brain is a bunch of neurons, uninsulated wires, if you will. During the first year the infant is developing the myelin sheath, which insulates the neurons and sets the stage for all the development and learning that the brain does next. If you had to pick a time when it is most important to protect the brain from excess vibration or bumps and jostling about it would be during that first year after birth.”

In essence a bicycle presents a child with an opportunity for ‘shaken baby syndrome‘. Don’t let your child succumb to brain injury just so that you can make a statement about your lifestyle.