So… I’ve bought a bike and started cycling to work…
I’m not wearing any lycra though.
It has been an interesting experience. I’m not alone, as apparently the number of people commuting by bike has skyrocketed in Tokyo. (The number of Uber Eats Riders has increased to infinity).
It’s a bit of a learning experience, and I’m getting faster, fitter and probably more dangerous.
The thing is, everyone has a bike in Tokyo, but they’re all no-gear grandma bikes which people use just to go to the local supermarket / kindergarten / train station. The number of actual serious cyclists in Tokyo was very low… probably because there are almost no proper cycle lanes.
So I was riding almost every day around my neighborhood… usually on the sidewalk or sideroads.
But riding at high speed on the road with cars is an entirely different ball game.
I try to follow the rules or course, and try to be safe and be aware. I wear a helmet (unlike 99% of adult cyclists here) and stop at red lights (unlike 50%).
But you are very aware that whatever you do, it just takes one car to do something stupid and you might be fubared.
It’s also made me aware that when I was driving I probably did a lot of things that were dangerous/annoying to cyclists without even realizing.
The biggest annoyance and risk so far is parked cars/trucks.
“respect the ones more vulnerable than you” seems like a good rule.
At least there are no roubdabouts here
Gotta say though, I do feel a lot better once I arrive at work. I mostly enjoy the ride (when nothing dangerous is happening), though I do miss the podcasts I used to listen to.
I’m a lot hungrier though.
PS/ For those still locked down and wanting exercise, search for “7 minute workout” on youtube and pick one you like.