What to be aware of cycling in Tokyo
Recently, cycling is getting so popular in Tokyo, for communing, for sightseeing, and as a sport. Although Jitensha (自転車:Bicycle）ride has been popular among Japanese more than a half-century, we can say that the real popularity has just increased in 2005 or so, as young Japanese started to take bicycles as a cool vehicle. Since it has been for quite a while that bicycles were recognized as a vehicle for short-distance traveling, for going to a nearby super market etc., bike lanes have not been well developed in Tokyo in spite of this recent popularity, and it often causes bike riders having to travel along with cars on streets, or having to pass through walking paths while barely avoiding bumping into pedestrians. So, remember you are not allowed to travel very fast by bike within the 23 wards, and need to be careful for preventing bicycle accidents, drastically increasing these days.
River Banks – The best places to enjoy cycling in Tokyo
In Tokyo, there are several river banks where cycling routes are provided. No traffic jams, No traffic lights to wait, and the blue sky and the green ground are what you will see there. River banks are a place to relax for Tokyo residents.
The Arakawa River
Tamagawa River Bank 多摩川土手
The Tamagawa River is one of the cleanest rivers in Tokyo, runs through Ome town of Tokyo to Kawasaki of Kanagawa prefecture.
Tamagawa Cycling Route (50km)
Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/xfTo3
Arakawa River Bank 荒川土手
A 173km-long river runs from Chichibu mountains in Saitama prefecture to Tokyo Bay.
The part of the Arakawa river running in Tokyo area is actually a 22km-long manmade river called Arakawa Housuiro (=flood control channel), completed in 1930 after 17-year construction. Cycling roads are basically provided along the Arakawa Housuiro.On a clear day, bike riders would see Mt.Fuji from there.
Arakawa Cycling Route (68Km)
Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/qSqEs
Edogawa River Bank 江戸川土手
Edogawa River is known for the location of the film “Otoko wa Tsurai yo”, one of the most popular Japanese movie series. The story of the movie is set in Shibatama, an old town with a friendly atmosphere, lies on the side of the Edogawa River.
Edogawa River Cycling Route (60Km)
Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/jzj8s
Traffic Safety Guidelines for Pedestrians and Cyclists
By Japan National Police Agency