Read many of the popular guide books and websites about Tokyo and cycling gets a bad rap. Don’t believe everything you read.
Cycling in the metropolis of Tokyo is easy and very safe – if you have your wits about you! Here are some good points:
Most main roads have wide footpaths, with marked lanes to separate cyclists and pedestrians.
Crowds do make this a challenge at times, but you can go for kilometres effectively ‘off-road’.
The grid pattern road system means that there is always a parallel route to the main road, along minor streets and laneways. Even better, many of these secondary routes are one-way and 40 kph zones, making for safe riding.
Bike hire is easy, and cheap. I hired a bike at Naka-okachimachi cycle station for Y300 for the day.
Most of the major rivers and canals have levees which invariably have great cycle and pedestrian paths going for kilometres.
(Friday 29 July, 2011)