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Thursday, 24th July 2008
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Ban on riding with two children 'to be lifted'

A ban on people riding with two children on a bicycle in Japan is to be lifted, the National Police Agency (NPA) announced today (July 24th).

The ban was originally enforced because of safety concerns, but is being repealed due to opposition from cyclists, particularly mothers who claim they need to ride their bikes with their children when going shopping or to kindergartens.

Japan Today reports that 11 bicycle manufacturers are working to develop a prototype bicycle with enhanced safety features. The new model should be completed by February next year.

New bicycle safety rules, to be implemented in March 2009, will include the need for a double-sided kickstand, a speed gear and an electrically operated pedalling system.

The ban is expected to be lifted next spring.

Cycling is a popular way of getting around in Japan and it is common to see well-protected bicycle parking lots, report the Digital Chosunilbo.

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