A while ago a reader asked if I knew of bicycle shop that has a lot of different mama-chari on display as she was planning a purchase but wanted to compare a number of different models. Unfortunately even the larger bicycle stores that sell mama-chari really do offer only a limited range of the wide varieties to choose from. I directed her to amazon.co.jp where she could browse and compare models before deciding to purchase.
Of course mama-chari are for transporting children, so being a father myself I eventually asked about her children. In return I received the following photograph :
In order for my reader's 17kg staffordshire terrier to get a good run each day they had to travel over an hour on foot via Shibuya to the excursive yard in Yoyogi park. But with a mama-chari that time could be reduced dramatically.
So if you see a cream Angelino mama-chari with an enormous black staffy up front cruising Shibuya or Yoyogi, you know you've spotted another resourceful Tokyo By Bike reader.
Aside from children what unconventional items, or pets have you transported by mama-chari?
September 09, 2010
Mama-chari, not just for transporting your kids.
Father of two, husband of one, lover of family, bicycles and running.
Urban Cycling Consultant, Tokyo By Bike.
Byron Kidd is the founder of the Tokyo By Bike website, writer, experienced urban cyclist, and expert on cycling in the staggering metropolis of Tokyo.
Working with NPO's and cycling activists to improve cycling infrastructure in Japan, Byron also operates internationally via a vast network of renowned urban mobility experts to promote Japanese cycling culture, and demonstrate how everyday cycling can work in megacities around the world. No city is too big for the bicycle.
Day Job, Software Developer.
Writing code and stuff, for games and things.