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.

April 01, 2011

And we're back, almost.

I have to apologize for not writing in the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake.  For the first week or so after the disaster I was primarily concerned for my family's safety as we rode out more than 500 aftershocks over magnitude 5, dozens over M6, and a handful over M7.  In addition to which we had to deal with blackouts, food shortages and the threat of nuclear meltdown which still continues.

My wife's father's home near Sendai airport was swept away by the tsunami.  It took days for us to learn that he was not home at the time, and a week before we could contact him by phone.  He's safe. In an evacuation shelter with gas, electricity and food.

So as you can imagine I have been otherwise preoccupied.

Once things settled down and returned to what we now accept as normal I felt it was too soon for me to write about how the earthquake had increased the number of cyclists and bicycle commuters in Tokyo.  It seemed so trivial to everything else that as happening around us.

So if you're wanting to stay informed about cycling in the aftermath of the earthquake please follow my twitter feed @tokyobybike until I get back into the writing mood.

Many thanks to you all for your support over this difficult time.