Currently take my youngest to nursery in a Hamax child seat every day. He is 3 at the end of October and is well under the maximum weight for the seat. The route is around 3 miles and on the way there I avoid the main roads - travelling through a park, a riverside pathway and then on the pavement along a fairly busy main road. I take hialomg this route, and then return home at speed by road, grab my bag and head off to work (which is 5 mins away from home). The route is reversed in the evening. Ashton loves it and it is one of my favourite parts of the day if I'm honest.
Concerned that when it gets frosty the route will not be salted, and as I get to the riverside I have to go along a wooden bridge that gets very slippery when frosty/icy. The main road will be well gritted and does have a cycle lane alongside it. Would you:
a) Risk the ungritted pathways and pavement with cross tyres?
b) Risk the route but switch to a mountain bike and travel with 2.35 purgatorys on the icy days?
c) Risk the gritted busier road, using the cycle lane with a kid on the back?
d) Take the car when its cold?