August 12, 2016

In June myself, and members of the Cycling Embassy of JapanFreewheeling Japan and the team from Blue Lug Hatagaya had the pleasure of guiding a crew from CNN around the backstreets of our local neighborhood by bicycle for their CNN Asia travel series.


We're all are very proud of our local neighborhoods, and believe that some of the best cycling to be had and discoveries to be made are right within a few kilometers of your home. Despite living in the same neighborhood for over 10 years I'm still discovering hidden gems such as temples, parks, shops and restaurants hiding in the backstreets just a short cycling distance from home.

So when CNN visited we could have taken them on a tour of downtown Tokyo to help them get the iconic shots of Tokyo Tower, Sensoji Temple, the Imperial Palace and Rainbow Bridge with the Tokyo Bay and Odaiba in the background but most of the cycling in Tokyo isn't taking palace in those areas its taking place in suburbia. Therefore we chose to share some of the spots in our local neighborhood of which we're so proud, many of which unfortunately did not make the final edit but despite this I hope you can enjoy a quick look around my local neighborhood by bicycle.

August 04, 2016

On August 27, 2016 the Cycling Embassy of Japan will once again be hosting Tokyo's one and only annual illuminated group ride, the Firefly Ride and you're all invited!

A fun, family friendly event the Firefly ride invites participants of all ages on bicycles of all style to decorate their rides with lights and sound then in the evening cycle the summer streets of Tokyo in a celebration of cycling.

Cyclists will gather at the Harajuku gates of Yoyogi park at 6pm to put the finishing touches on their bicycles then set off on a short easygoing ride through the center of Tokyo with the occasional stop for food beverages and a chat before ending back at Yoyogi where prizes will be awarded for the best illuminated bicycles (and riders!) and the celebrations can continue well into the night.

A grand spectacle of colour, light and sound, featuring bicycles of every type imaginable, the Firefly Ride aims to promote the fun, friendly and social side of cycling.

Check out photos from last years event here!

For more information including a guide to decorating your bicycle visit the Firefly Ride homepage and let us know you're coming via the Facebook Event Page.

 I hope to see you there!

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