Racer-turned-mechanic makes top-grade bikes

Nov 5, 2013

Racer-turned-mechanic makes top-grade bikes

by Hiroshi Harada

Yoshiaki Nagasawa has a list of customers who favor bicycles handmade for them, including Koichi Nakano, a former professional bicycle racer and 10-time world champion track sprinter. While bicycles made by Nagasawa cost ¥200,000 to ¥300,000, he says, “I don’t think even ¥500,000 is ...

Oct 16, 2013

Insurers diversify policies to meet demand from bicyclists

Bicycle insurance products have diversified as cyclists use their bikes for an increasing range of activities, thus raising the risk of accidents. Insurance firms have stepped up sales of policies with large payouts, such as ¥100 million, in response to demand for steep damages ...

Cyclists warned on new left side rule

Sep 27, 2013

Cyclists warned on new left side rule

by Mizuho Aoki

Many cyclists may be unaware that a ban on riding against the flow of traffic will take effect by the end of the year to curb an increasing number of bicycle-related accidents, police warned Friday. Under the revised Road Traffic Law, which will take ...

Nagoya commuters get their cycle on

| Jul 26, 2013

Nagoya commuters get their cycle on

Nagoya is seeing a growing number of “tsukinists,” a term coined for those who commute to work by bicycle, pointing to the public’s higher awareness of environmental and personal health issues. The city has also shown its support for tsukinists — the word is ...

Fukuoka bans bike-riding on shopping street

Apr 2, 2013

Fukuoka bans bike-riding on shopping street

A crowded section of a popular Fukuoka shopping street is off-limits to bike riders during peak hours, with riders being asked to walk their bikes through the area. The municipal government designated the section Monday as the first no-rider zone in the country. The ...