September 15, 2012
Thanks for Half a Bicycle Lane Yokohama.
You see inexperienced road cyclists in Japan riding in the gutter all the time rather than asserting their right to be on the road and taking their fare share of the lane. Its a dangerous practise for many reasons not the least of which is most gutters have drains at regular intervals so to avoid these the cyclist must swerve periodically. From a motorists point of view this is erratic and unpredictable behaviour which won't earn cyclists any respect on the roads.
Thanks Yokohama for giving us half a bicycle lane.
If you really want to enjoy Yokohama by bicycle I recommend you get in touch with James at Yokohama Rides and Rentals.
James can take you on a guided tour of the Yokohama and Kamakura areas and also has compact folding bicycles available for rent. As part of the Yokohama Rides and Rental service they can deliver bicycles to your hotel or meet you at the nearest convenient station.
For more information or to make a reservation please contact James at email@example.com or give him a call on 090-7849-6683.
Update: James visited the site of this new bicycle lane, made some observations and provided Tokyo By Bike with pictures confirming drains in the "lane" and other hazards. Read more in the article "Yokohama Bicycle Lane is a Real Obstacle Course".
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.
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Writing code and stuff, for games and things.