- May 22, 2007
When a cyclist hits a pedestrian, yes it can be pretty bad; but I think that pales in comparison to when a vehicle hits a cyclist.
If I ever get stopped for riding on the sidewalk with my 3-year-old in the back, I will gladly take a ticket over putting him in that kind of danger. But a 3-year-old life is no less precious than a 40-year-old life; why should I be forced to put myself at risk for doing my part to make the world a cleaner place? Cycling should be encouraged over driving for everyone in Tokyo.
If the goal is to minimize the number of injuries and deaths, then I don't think they should be pushing cyclists into the street until they put in dedicated bicycle lanes.
Two big pieces in today's Daily Yomiuri - 29 October 2011
If there really were some investigative reporters here in Japan, they would find out who the big wigs are on these rule committees and then follow them to and from work, with hidden cameras, for a week or two.
.... then I stopped daydreaming.....
I remember that. The neutral Mavic XJS with his shoes and despatch box.In the UK they followed some of the politicians who ride to work and found a myriad of traffic offenses, but the worst was the now prime minister, Mr Cameron, who was caught with his official car behind him acting as a luggage carrier.
Things You Need to Know if You Ride A Bike in Tokyo
The newest fashion trend in Tokyo is to ride a bike with no brakes. We realize that sounds preposterous, but it’s true. Riding one of these new brakeless Piste bikes on the sidewalks of Tokyo is considered -by some- to be the coolest thing you can do on two wheels. So, what’s wrong with fashionable. you ask? People on the sidewalks are getting hurt…some seriously by these fast-peddling slaves to fashion. To get a little background on this new trend, we consulted with our opinionated film critic, Don Morton who runs his own bicycle club here in Tokyo.