As you can see by the included pictures, I tandem with my little ones. They're 6yo and 4yo now. When I first got the tamden, they were 5yo and 3yo. Pre-tamden, I'd take them both in the Chariot trailor (meaning they've both grown up with cycling). I'm always most careful with my precious cargo. I feel not only is it quality, bonding time, healthy developmentally, but also they can learn safe and proper cycling.
We usually get nothing but smiles and thumbs-up from passersby. However, 3x now, I've been loudly admonished, in front of my kids, for riding on public roads. All 3 times, it was a woman yelling at me out of the passenger window of either a minivan or SUV (so I'm picturing a mom in there with at least her husband as driver and possibly also her little ones - though I don't know this for sure as I'm focusing on the road). Now, we always wear helmets, obey the rules of the road, and are well illuminated (flashers front and back most of the time - always if low light). Our usual jaunts are to either of 2 playgrounds in the neighborhood. When I'm looking for more exercise, I take them to either of 2 very nice parks both within cycling distance of our home. We've done over 15 miles round trip multiple times. Over 20 miles twice. As you can see in the pictures, we do this year round and dress accordlingly.
Now I can certainly understand how/why a non-cyclist might consider this dangerous or unsafe. But I would argue it's more a position of ignorance and/or opinion on parenting style. I guess what I find most irritating is the being scolded right in front of my kids without a chance to state my position / educate. Of course that doesn't (and hasn't) stopped me from discussing this with my kids. I let it go and don't let it spoil our time, but after 3 occurances, this is not just some random whacko opinion. Am I missing something? Just wondering if any of you other family tamdeners have experienced anything similar.