In Japan for a few weeks. This is the first time that I’ve been able to travel to Japan when it was not the hot and humid summer. It’s the very end of cherry blossom season.
If we time things right, we might be back to TO in time for the sakura in High Park as well.
Just a few views of bike related stuff over the first couple of days.
Here is some bike parking near Nishi-Chiba station. 30 minutes for free, or 100 yen for up to 8 hours. There are signs everywhere close to the station that forbid bike parking in random places.
The blue pods do not lock down the bikes. They just have lights indicating if your time as expired.
Here is a bike share system that appears to be internal to the campus of Chiba University
Liking this mamachari with 20″ wheels and e-assist. Got to get myself one of these rear mounted kickstands for the winter beater.
Here is a delivery bike, seen on a trip to downtown Tokyo.
Looking around at a local budget department store “Aeon” (think Target), I saw a large bike department. Almost exclusively low end city bikes.
Sad to see the Bridgestone brand on department store bikes.
At least the kid’s bikes are colourful.
Comparing these two mamachari, there is about an $800 price premium for e-assist.
I passed by a real bike shop a block away. One of the mechanics showed off his personal ride: a very nice panasonic titanium bike.
It has electronic shifting which has now trickled down to the ultegra level. Note also the flimsy bike lock.
This tiny shop carried a variety of lines, including tern folding bikes, but I was even more surprised to see this Koga. A dutch company, but I guess that it is easy for them to ship them over from Taiwan where they are built.
I’ll keep posting pictures if I can avoid getting run down by the many cyclists riding on sidewalks here.
These markings would suggest that pedestrians and cyclists are somewhat segregated, but I didn’t see any separation in practice.