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    The Land of Bicycles

    I suppose anyone who has been to an Asian country will have realised that the use of bicycles is so much more than that in western countries.... and Japan is no exception.

    I ride a motorbike here in Japan, and when I park it on the side of the street, it's sometimes a challenge to get onto the footpath due to the barrage of bicycles parked. I literally have to move bicycles in order to just get onto the footpath.

    If walking on the footpath, don't make any sudden changes in direction otherwise you may be cleaned up by a passing bicycle rider.

    Every now and then, the local councils will come by with a huge truck and take all the illegally parked bicycles to a collection facility. In order to get your bike back, you have to pay a small fine of around USD30. Most stations have a bicycle park where you pay a monthly fee in order to park your bike.

    There are even bike supervisors to make sure you don't place your bike somewhere illegally and to spend their day lining up in a neat line the bicycles.

    Welcome to the land of bicycles!

    Oh, and 1 more thing... the bikes all look the same in Japan. All with a basket on the front and ladies style.
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    Re: The Land of Bicycles

    Why is there only one style of bicycle? Have other types been marketed unsuccessfully?
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    Re: The Land of Bicycles

    @ gren Its probably to lesson crime

    But eny way one style of bike must get boring after a wile and they all have basket on the front that would drive me crazy.They really have bike supervisors?wow so its like a cop for bikes then.
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    Re: The Land of Bicycles

    Yeh, I'm baffled why they are all the 1 style. Japan is so innovative when it comes to electronics, but somehow their innovation stops with the bicycles.

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    Re: The Land of Bicycles

    Not to break your spirits or anything but there are Western countries who have a similar astronomical amount of bicycle's.
    Behold, The Netherlands! they have so little space left that new, inventive solutions have to be found to store them all.


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    Re: The Land of Bicycles

    Did you know that in Malaysia the government employs biker gangs to fight petty crime? For example, they get rewarded for every thirty purse-snatchers they bring in. It rather makes me want to join a gang . . .

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    Re: The Land of Bicycles

    Yeah, quite the majority of ppl in Asia rides bikes...look at China, wow!! o_O

    I'm not surprised that they do all those things for bicycles.

    As for the 1 style thing....guess its just convinient to have a basket in the front to put stuff in. Especially for housewives, etc to put the groceries in when they go shopping. Still...1 similar style!? o_O??
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    Re: The Land of Bicycles

    I think i remember how Japan conquered a few country b4 by marching with bikes...and Malaysia is one of it... the tactic of marching into countries using the bikes really shocked the british government because most of their soldiers were by the seaside and expecting them to come by ships... those fools...

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