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Friday, January 11, 2013

Mama Chari Bicycle Parked in Kyoto Bike Lot

Mama Chari Bike in Kyoto京都出町柳駐輪所にあるママチャリ

In the underground bike lot west of the Kamo River in Kyoto was a classic mama chari (mother's chariot) bike.

It is simple yet practical.

Moreover, it is adorned with a yellow sign that reads "Protect the Children!" Below that is the name of the school it represents.

The lot also is simple and practical. It is filled with space for perhaps 400-500 bicycles on two levels. Most of the bike racks are like the one pictured here: alternating high and low for the front wheel.

On the lower level, though, there are double decker parking spaces. You have to pull the rack towards you and down, insert your tires, and then lift it up and into position.

A bit tricky.


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