Hatsumōde is the first visit to a Shinto Shrine in the New Year and as such the destination for the first Night Pedal Cruising Ride for 2014 will be the Toyokawa Inari Shrine in Akasaka to pray for safe roads, family security, business prosperity and good health.
Anyone else who turns up to this midwinter ride with a shaved head will earn my eternal respect!
The ride will take place on Saturday January 18, 2014, starting at the Aoyama United Nations University Farmers Market with registration beginning at 17:30 and the ride getting underway at 18:00. The exact route has yet to be announced but the destination is Toyokawa Inari Shrine in Akasaka which is very close by. If you're unsure of how to navigate your way home there is usually a group who will cycle with you back to the starting point of the ride.
As always it is recommended that you ride with both front and rear lights, bring your camera and if possible a radio or other sound system.
The Night Pedal Cruising Rides are short, and at a very slow pace so remember to dress for winter temperatures. While Night Pedal Cruising pace won't be enough to keep you warm you're sure to make some warm friendships at the event.
Full details about the ride can be found here.
I look forward to seeing you there and riding with you in 2014.
January 08, 2014
Night Pedal Cruising Hatsumōde Ride 2014
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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