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  • They're a common sight on the hilly streets of Tokyo, where "mamachari" bikes with baskets and kid seats over the wheels are the norm. eneloop electric hybrid bicycles whose lithium ion batteries can recharge while the bike is being pedaled on level terrain.

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  • Along with that, however, the venerable urban biking tradition of moms (and some dads and grandparents) carrying two children on their low-slung safety bikes called 'mamachari'

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  • I don't think this electric assist bike is going to be for everyone - far from it. eneloop has a fairly girly feel in its design, and seems to be catering to women riders, with its mamachari design.

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  • So, the government has said it will be lenient on old-fashioned mamachari bicycles for awhile while new bikes come down in price.

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  • When you see pictures of mamachari bikes with one little one nestled in the dip between the handlebars and another over the back wheel, you could be excused for feeling a bit of trepidation.

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  • That, of course, wasn't exactly satisfactory to parents, as the new, stronger bikes are much more expensive than the typical mamachari bikes now in use.

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  • But the government's decision to outlaw 2-kids-on-a-bike was pretty shortsighted, and protests lead to a lifting of the ban, and instead legislating that mamachari bikes become safer - with among other things, a reinforced frame - and that the safer bikes become mandatory.

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  • Click forward to see a fully pimped out mamachari bicycle and read more about Japanese cycling.

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  • When the government tried to ban the mamachari with two babyseats, mothers all over Japan protested in a massive campaign.

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  • Nope, the mamachari is not particularly sexy, but it is easy to ride and always comes with a basket up front.

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