In March, the U.S. Department of Transportation launched a new program to help parents and baby carriage drivers learn the basics of driving a baby carriage, and it’s expected to get more attention this year.
The department is seeking volunteers to drive baby carriage “backpacks” for people who are not yet ready to get the reins on the vehicles.
“The program will involve an open and frank exchange of ideas,” the DOT’s website says.
“The goal is to create a safe, friendly, and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.”
A baby carriage in the hands of a baby in the care of a child and her mother.
The project is the culmination of more than a year of outreach to help mothers learn to safely handle baby carriage rides, including one in which the baby was placed in the car seat of her father’s car, the Washington Post reported.
The agency says it is seeking a total of about 400 volunteers, which is about 30% of its baby carriage capacity.
“It’s an opportunity for all parents to get up and go on the road safely,” Mary Ellen Schoep, a transportation engineer with the agency, told the Post.
The DOT’s new project will be the first of its kind, and is aimed at helping mothers become more comfortable with baby carriage driving, the Post reported, citing a letter the agency sent to its community in March.
The idea for the program was first floated back in February.
“We thought that we’d put it out there and see what people thought of it, and then we’d make some decisions about whether we go forward with it or not,” said David B. Smith, a deputy secretary in the department who is spearheading the program.
According to the letter, the DOT will look for ideas that will “promote and expand safe, safe, and comfortable child-care experiences for all of our residents, particularly women, parents, and their babies.”
The agency said it expects to recruit as many as 20 volunteers to participate in the program, which will be open to people of all ages.
A photo of a mother and baby in a baby carriage.
The program, dubbed “Baby Carrier Ride,” will be administered by a local childcare agency.
“This program is designed to provide a safe and comfortable baby carriage experience for our families and their children,” the letter says.