Outside of Japan a child learns to cycle when they're ready. In Japan a child learns to cycle once they're too heavy to ride in a child seat on the back of mum's bicycle.
Its a natural progression, you crawl, you walk, you get carted around on mum's bicycle until you're too big then you're pushed out of the nest and find yourself on a bicycle wobbling from side to side trailing a parent to the dry cleaners.
By the time you're old enough to question it bicycling has become second nature.
May 14, 2010
Cycling in Japan, its second nature
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.