Dec 03 2003

There are huge bike-parking areas around Tokyo, and bikes tend to be parked alongside pretty much any sidewalk you see. All of them are these old-fashioned steel jobs or tiny little portable ones, and all have a bell and a light, and usually a basket. After a couple of days in Japan you learn to listen for the telltale ringing of a bicycle bell and jump out of the way of the unassuming middle-aged lady barrelling at you.