I've always wondered how in the world parents get around on subways and buses with little kids in places like NYC. I've actually been in the city with my girls - in a stroller - and what I discovered in that people are very kind. They will help you down the stairs and generally, you can find someone to help you.
Banning strollers is a terrible idea. First, children have a right to "space" on the subway(as an example) as much as anyone else. The stroller is apart of their space. I appreciate that their need for space is more than others, but they still should have a place to be.
Second, If you want to ban strollers because they take up too much room...what about wheelchairs? On a bus, a wheelchair takes up a ton of space and it takes forever to load. You could get 3 or 4 people in the space of a chair - and faster too. So, how about no more wheelchairs?
Third, having parents hold their children is just not possible - or safe. I have twins. How am I supposed to hold two squirming 2 years old on my lap while being pressed on all sides by a ton of people? What if I have a third child - maybe a 4 year old? I need to hold his hand. And, what if we are all standing up? It's impossible. And, then, once I am holding two babies on my lap, who's going to fold up - and then unfold - the stroller for me? What if I have packages or groceries? Where do those go? On a subway, once my stroller is folded up, how do I unfold the stroller to put the babies back in (since now all space is used up), and if I can't, how do I pick up the stroller, my packages, and my two babies and make it to the doors so I can put everything back together on the platform. If I do have space to open the stroller (although I'm not sure how, since my hands are full), I probably need to start at least a stop ahead to get everything loaded so I can make it through the doors before they close.
Fourth - Taking a child in and out of a stroller, folding it up, then unfolding it, and putting the child/ren back in is time consuming. Depending on the length of the trip, one could arrive at their destination by the time they get everything situated, and then have to put everything back the way it was.
Fifth- some strollers are medically necessary. Some children can't walk and must be in a stroller. I suppose that's similar to
a wheelchair, which takes me back to point one.
Personally, I think it's a rather selfish attitude to expect and require one type of person to give up space they deserve just to fit one or two more people. I understand that at rush hour buses, trains and subways are crowded. But, really, that's just life. So you have to wait for the next train. That's just the way it is.
Kids are people too. They have as much right to space on public transportation as anyone else. Their space just includes the stroller they are riding in. Sure, parents in cities like NY should try to be space-conscious as possible in choosing a stroller, but you can only compact a double stroller but so much.
Unless you want to just ban kids altogether, banning strollers is just a ridiculous, impractical, and really, in my opinion, a rather selfish idea.