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Bicycle share service users surged in central Tokyo after a powerful earthquake shook the capital’s metropolitan area and stranded many train passengers Thursday night.

According to Docomo Bike Share Inc., a provider of nationwide rental bicycle services under the wing of mobile giant NTT Docomo Inc., users of its services greatly increased in the capital’s Chiyoda and Minato wards, where East Japan Railway Co. briefly stopped train services after Thursday’s magnitude of 5.9 earthquake that struck at 10:41 p.m that night.

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