We found a Radio Flyer wagon through Craigslist recently, and it's been one of our luckiest family purchases. Nothing makes O happier than a wagon ride around our neighborhood, which has a good, smooth contiguous sidewalk network from our house to several parks nearby. The good sidewalks make a wagon ride possible and pleasant, and for that we are grateful.
It first occurred to me that Boulder's sidewalk network was especially well designed and maintained back in 2011, when I returned from a trip late on a summer night on my own, with no ride waiting to pick me up at the bus stop at the bottom of the hill in our neighborhood. I waited for a local bus to come by, but got impatient and decided to walk home with my roller bag in tow. I was able to walk all the way home - about 2 miles - rolling a heavy suitcase with no hitches whatsoever. Smooth rolling all the way. It struck me as an important point of urban policy: where sidewalks are reliably smooth and contiguous throughout neighborhoods, people using strollers, wheelchairs or little red wagons can get out more, enjoy their neighborhoods, be independent and participate in civic life. Now, as an advocate for child- and family friendly cities, I count sidewalks among the most significant elements of urban design.
Once we got to the park, we found two cute dogs just O's size. Their owner generously let O toss the ball a few times. True happiness!