Tokyo by Bicycle

Spring is definitely in the air today. It’s a sunny 14 degrees Celcius. It’s almost a shock after yesterday’s cold drizzle. And rather like a ground hog emerging from winter burrows, its time for me to emerge from the mole-like subway commuter existence and travel the surface of Tokyo.

The best thing about riding on the streets instead of under them is learning how the city connects itself in between the train and subway stations. People often compare taking the train or subway to living like a mole, popping up to the surface in various locations, sniffing around nearby places before going back into the tunnels.

There are lots of little gems to be found outside the nearby radius of the stations. One is this granola place on Meguro Dori in front of Meguro Fire Station. Good Morning Tokyo is one of those narrow focus specialty shops that I really associate with Japan. All they make is granola. You can also get a decent cup of coffee or cafe drink. It’s take out only but they have a cafe table and two chairs in front of the store.

Right now I’m soaking up the early spring sun, drinking my coffee, and munching on some really great maple pistachio granola. The granola was about 750 yen for 270 grams. It’s a really welcome break on the way home from my test ride to Hiroo. I want to cycle to yoga class in Hiroo but I needed to try out my route first. I suppose that 8-9 km one way isn’t that far, but finding an efficient, safe route takes some time.

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3 Responses to Tokyo by Bicycle

  1. Be safe! I can’t imagine being on a bike in Tokyo.

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    • Lori Ono says:

      I think the key thing is not to go too fast. That and avoiding the big roads.

      Pedestrians are a bigger danger than cars. I fell of my bike once because a mom let her little boy dash across the street in front of me. I stopped to avoid hitting him, went over the handle bars and landed on my feet. Luckily, I wasn’t going fast. They were on opposite sides of the small backstreet and I had a feeling the kid was going to dash.

      Plus a lot of people don’t watch where they’re walking and change directions without checking around them first.

      I wonder what the stats are for bike accidents here. I haven’t seen any in Tokyo but I saw heaps when I lived in Niigata City. That’s probably just coincidence. But I wonder.

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