April 08, 2014

Sidewalk Cycling in Japan

I have a love hate relationship with sidewalk cycling in Japan. On one hand I hate the fact that cycling infrastructure is so poor that cyclists have to resort to cycling on pedestrian walkways. But given that, I love the fact that everyone is free to choose to cycle where they feel comfortable, yet hate it that some cyclists endanger pedestrians when cycling on the sidewalks.

Love or hate sidewalk cycling in Japan, you have to understand that given the lack of cycling lanes it is the acceptance of sidewalk cycling which has allowed cyclists numbers to remain so high in Japan and that until infrastructure is improved sidewalk cyclists will not go away.

I recently wrote a more detailed piece on sidewalk cycling in Japan for Metropolis Magazine here in Tokyo entitled "Sidewalk Circus: The bustling walkways of Tokyo are no places for cyclists - or are they?" and encourage you to take the time to read it online.


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