China is known for its population loving a good old ride on a bicycle. (Something that Chun-Li’s stage in Street Fighter II taught us years ago). But I had no idea so many Japanese folk rode bikes too. Bikes run rampant in Japan. They’re bloody everywhere!! I’m honestly surprised I’m still alive, because I came too close on one too many occasions to being mowed down by a bicycle.
Dodging and weaving in between people on the streets of Japan is difficult enough. But then to have bicycles thrown into the mix!? It’s dangerous. Japan has a low crime rate. So holding onto your bag and your wallet isn’t what you need to be focusing on. What you need to focus on is not getting your arse run down by a bike. People ride FAST. They creep up behind you, they won’t steer out of the way of you and there’s no sympathy for you being a foreigner.
Not all areas have marking on the pavements clearly showing where you should walk and where cycles should ride. So you have to gauge how and where people walk. There seems to be this secret society system to how the Japanese walk in regards to bikes on the pavements. You do catch the hang of it eventually. Looking ahead to see if there’s a wave of people shifting to one side to let a bike through. And listening intently for the speedy spokes, or a bicycle bell unintentionally sounding quietly as the bikes goes over an uneven slab on the pavement.
Me being from London – the city of zig-zagging walkers and pavement blockers, it took some getting used to. But it’s something you do have to adjust to. Unless you want to spend your holiday in a nice, but expensive hospital.
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