Performing even the most routine tasks with a single child in tow can be tough — so spare a thought for this US mother who gets her six children around town on a specially-designed family bike.
Emily Finch doesn't drive and instead uses a bakfiet, or freight bicycle, for most of family's transport needs, according to cycle blog Bike Portland.
The 34-year-old said she was not always a cyclist but after re-connecting with her estranged "left-wing" father, who would lecture her on "peak oil and everything", in her late 20s she began to question the sustainability of her lifestyle.
"I was living in a giant house and had a nine-person Suburban. I remember thinking, there's no reason I can't walk or bike around town," she said.
She initially found cycling with her kids exhausting but kept persisting and is now "one with the bike".
She said cycling has benefitted her family in a number of ways.
Besides the environmental and financial benefits of not using a car, the mother said it has lifted her spirits, helped her lose weight and brought her closer to her six children.
"I can't really explain it. In the end, my bike just brings me happiness," she said.