How Suburban Tokyo Promotes Cycling (without even trying)

Despite poor cycling infrastructure 14% of all trips made in Tokyo each day are made by bicycle. What is it about the city's suburbs that make cycling such an attractive transport option?

A Tour of Tokyo's Newest Bicycle Lanes

New bicycle lanes are appearing all over Tokyo, and thats great even if the lanes aren't so great themselves! We cycled as many as we could and here are our observations.

Fitness isn't a goal, it's a side effect

If you or a friend are cycling to get fit and not enjoying it then cycle to the shops instead. Before you know it you'll be fit, car free and better off financially.

How to Turn Your Old Mountain Bike Into a Tidy Commuter

Need a new commuter bike? Maybe not, because with a few cheap and easy modifications you can convert your mountain bike into a lighter faster commuter bicycle. Here's how ...

Japan's National Bicycle Commuting Ban

Strict government regulations and inflexible insurance rules effectively force companies in Japan to ban their employees from cycling to work. It's time for a change.

Cycling My Fuji and Fuji's Five Lakes

Climbing Mt Fuji by bicycle is a ride you have to put on your bucket list. The Pro's do it every year at the Tour of Japan, but us mortals can do it anytime we like.

January 26, 2011

Love Wheels Nagoya - 2011 Bicycle Calendar

Nestled between Tokyo and Osaka on the Tokaido Bullet Train line, is the Asian Detroit, Nagoya City. Home to Toyota Motors, miso pork cutlets and most importantly, The Love Wheels Nagoya Girls. But this group of Japanese pedal beauties have little interest in dirty cars or deep fried pork. The Love Wheel Nagoya Girls enjoy three things: their bikes, dressing up and having their picture taken. You just gotta love Japan.

Love Wheels Nagoya - 2011 Bicycle Calendar features some of Nagoya's prettiest cyclists posing with their velocipedes showcasing popular spots around Nagoya City.

Nagoya is fast becoming ground zero for the Japanese cycling scene. Most of the girls that posed for the calendar can be seen at the monthly alley cat races in downtown Nagoya. Start the year with a hot Japanese babe on a bike, order your Love Wheels Nagoya - 2011 Calendar today! FREE Shipping if you order now! Oh, and because we like to do things differently in Japan, the calendar months start from February 2011 and ends January 2012.

January 07, 2011

Bicycle lanes. Don't bring them to Japan.

Dear bicycle infrastructure planners (if such people even exist in Japan), Please don't increase the number of bicycle lanes in Tokyo, please.  

Currently the laws concerning cyclists are poorly understood and even more poorly enforced, as are most cycling laws in Japan.  This gives cyclists the freedom to ride where they're comfortable, at a pace which they are comfortable.  

I'm comfortable cycling on the road, in traffic, riding at speed.  Others are more comfortable cycling at a more refined pace on the sidewalks.  That’s great, I appreciate the fact that as cyclists we're allowed to choose between the two.

But if it comes to pass that bicycle lanes abound in Japan I predict that the law will change to decree: "Thou shalt cycle in the bicycle lane where such a lane is provided. Thou shalt not ride upon the sidewalk, nor the road."

If the law does change as such we will end up with the road cyclists and the sidewalk cyclists all being forced to share a single bicycle lane and that’s going to be a recipe for disaster.

I don't know how much cycling you've done in Japan, but if you've ever been forced to ride on the sidewalk with salarymen, mothers, the elderly, and drunks, then you learn to appreciate the safety of a busy metropolitan road during peak hour.

It may not be a popular view but I, for one, am happy with the situation as it is.  So instead of bicycle lanes, lets pump some of that money into bicycle parking, and bicycle safety campaigns for both cyclists and motorists instead.