It beggars belief the lunacy that we witness on the streets of Japan and in particular Tokyo.Today, cycling home from the supermarket on the left hand side of the road, shortly to take the right turn. A woman on her bicycle comes down the pavement on the right side of the road, takes the turn without stopping or checking what is coming along the road (you can't see due to the wall; there is a mirror, but don't think you can rely on it 100%)...standard...but once she has turned, I notice she has a young child in a sling on her back, no helmet. Obviously, she doesn't follow the news. Why is there no seeming 'reckless endangerment' law?
I think egos maybe aren't as strong here as they are in Western (English-speaking?) countries, which I guess keeps down the road rage and raises cyclist tolerance levels.I'm really surprised that there isn't carnage on the streets of Japan.
Somehow their system works....it is mind-boggling.
I think that's not enough to explain it, because in part it contradicts with all the other aspects of life where Japanese tend to follow a set of rules. When it comes to cycling, though, it seems like the wild west. Akin to umbrella theft, for some reason it seems that cycling is one of these areas where there are few enforced rules.I think egos maybe aren't as strong here as they are in Western (English-speaking?) countries, which I guess keeps down the road rage and raises cyclist tolerance levels.
I agree.It can't be overstated how much benefit comes from cyclists being a common sight on the roads that drivers generally know how to deal with. Tokyo could definitely benefit from tackling some of the more ridiculous bike crimes but the weight of numbers keeps most people safe(ish)
That's true at an intersection with traffic lights when there's more than one lane in your direction of travel. In that case you should cross to the far side of the junction, swing through 90º, wait for the other light, and then proceed across to complete your turn. It's usually the same for <50 cc scooters.bikes can’t make a direct right turn on an intersection
I feel like even if you ignore the missing seat stay it's a red flag when someone is displaying a frame and fork with the fork pointing the wrong way.ouch, I wonder if they used the crash replacement offer? Might be a good way to pick up a cheap tapered carbon fork.
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