New bike rules - Child Seats

mtokio

Warming-Up
Mar 28, 2008
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Hi I am a German guy in central Tokyo. I commute with my mountain bike to work, but also drop off my girl at day care (where I leave the child seat).

I was wondering if anybody knows the specifics about this upcoming new law, especially in regards to riding with kids. I hear about the three riding and somebody told me about a screen or windshield required (that sounds a bit strange).

Thankful for any information or links to original sources.

Thanks

Markus
 

WhiteGiant

Maximum Pace
Nov 4, 2006
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#2
New law...

Hello Markus,
The new "bicycle bill" has been a long-running dilemma, and cause of considerable dispute amongst all cyclists. Read about them here:
https://tokyocycle.com/bbs/showthread.php?t=242&highlight=New+bicycle+laws&page=1
...and here:
https://tokyocycle.com/bbs/showthread.php?t=353&highlight=New+bike+laws&page=1

Your situation with the child-seat is a little different to what has been posted so far though.
As far as I'm aware the current law states that, "1 child-seat" at either the front or back, is Legal!
"2 child-seats" are ILLEGAL... However, the police turn a blind eye to it, not wanting to inconvenience mothers with more than one child.

I don't particularly mind if a mother has two children - as long as she is comfortable handling the bike like that; and doesn't ride out in front of faster moving vehicles (including us).

I'm still a proponent of:
"NO HELMET" = On the sidewalk!
"HELMET" = On the road!

Despite my strong opinions, I hope this helps.
Travis
 

mtokio

Warming-Up
Mar 28, 2008
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#3
Thanks Travis,

I can see there is a lot of discussion here. I hope if something official comes out someone can post it.

I see the points and issues here.

Personally I found the perfect solution to do kids shuttle and turn myself into a road bike quickly after the day care drop off - so I was very concerned about the rumor that a front child carrier needs a windshield ??? That would be very counter productive and silly for that matter.

Thanks

Markus
 

Ash

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Apr 23, 2006
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#4
Windshields? These people are becoming more silly by the moment. Next they will be suggesting galoshes and sunglasses. :rolleyes:

I also have a child whom I take to kindergarten by bike every morning. Travis is right about the law as it stands now, and also that the police will not interfere with anyone with 2 kids as long as they are cycling 'safely'.

I dealt with this matter a few weeks ago in my blog and attached an article on the subject which you might want to read.

https://tokyocycle.com/blogs/viewblog.php?userid=27&entry=103

cheers

Ash