Reader Patrick B. sent the link to Bobike. These are the folks that make the seat Xtracycle sells. I hadn't seen the rest of their seats and am happy for the heads up. When I see any child carryin' contraption my next thought is always "How many kids can I carry with that thing?" It looks like with a Maxi and a Mini you could put easily carry two children on a bike. With a child on the snap deck of the planned Xtracycle, that's three. If mom can carry two, that'll make five. Five kids should cover most people. If you have more the older ones should be able to pedals themselves by the time they lose a seat.
Of course, I'm only thinking of those who come after us. What of those who came before? Clever Cycles has a blog post showing the way.
I have contacted the Bobike people about becoming a dealer. I will certainly be an Xtracycle dealer. When I first opened Trinity I spoke with the company who is importing the bakfiets and other Dutch cycles that Clever Cycles sells, but the buy-in was beyond what I could justify. If my shop, like Clever Cycles, was in Portland, I would have jumped all over it--but it didn't make sense for me.
p.s. Patrick also said he couldn't use the comments section to post the Bobike link. When I have the website built, I'll have the blog incorporated in the main site. I'd prefer a blog that doesn't require the user to register in order to post comments, so I'll try to have something which allows anyone to easily post.