Route 246

theDude

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Oct 7, 2011
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Is this route rideable between Kanagawa and Tokyo? How are the stoplights? I'm looking for flat, 60km to 90km routes that I can do 2 to 3 hour endurance rides this winter on. Thanks!

Larry

I wouldn't recommend this road for anything. Certainly nothing on the Tokyo side of the river.... lots of traffic of taxis, buses, trucks, bicycles, scooters, etc. Oh, and lights.

Would recommend finding a nice river run....
 

joewein

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Oct 25, 2011
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I would not recommend it on the Kanagawa side either (I actually think the Tokyo side is better than the Kanagawa side, at least inside Kampachi, because it's slower).

I used to live in Aoba-ku and it was my usual route for driving to Tokyo by car.

There are many flyovers on R246 where bicycles are banned, forcing you to use time-consuming detours unless you want to break the law. If there's no traffic jam, vehicles may move at 60 km/h and faster and believe me, they would not expect bicycles there, though I did occasionally see some brave road cyclists. It's an unpleasant road even in a motor vehicle, let alone a bicycle. I would take almost any kind of detour by bicycle to avoid 246 in Kanagawa.
 
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I ride R246 from Kawasaki side to the Imperial Palace, on my commute. I kinda like it. It's a dual carriageway so there are no cars coming at me. Yes, there are a lot of lights in central Tokyo (63 in 20 km). That's just how it is. And it's not flat.

For flat endurance rides without interruptions, the best thing is a major river like the Arakawa. You can get through without changing trains from Chuo-rinkan to Horikiri.