I started bicycling to work a few weeks ago and really enjoy it. I'm already feeling more fit, and it's nice being car-lite if not totally car-free. However, in September, I'll need to take my almost-5-year old to preschool every weekday morning. I really don't want to go back to the car five days a week. I thought about continuing to bike with a kid trailer or a tag-along bike, but those don't seem that safe to me for riding in traffic. Tonight my wife gave me the idea of a tandem bike, so I've been doing some research in this forum on riding tandems with kids.
Is it just a bad idea to ride with a child in traffic, tandem or not? I didn't see any threads on this topic. It's 7 miles to the preschool, and I can string together a bunch of mostly residential streets with lighter traffic for the route, but stretches of car-heavy streets are unavoidable.
If the basic idea isn't a non-starter, then what kind of pace can you ride with a child stoker? For my commute, I try to spin at 100 and maintain a decent speed. I don't expect my child to do that, though. With a child on a tandem, should I resign myself to a more leisurely ride for the preschool leg, or would something like the Davinci independent coasting system let me hammer if I want to?