19 Apr '11, 3pm

Why bicycles should be a part of your disaster-preparedness plan:

Why bicycles should be a part of your disaster-preparedness plan:

There's more of this in Tokyo these days. Photo: Byron Kidd Shortly after last month's disastrous earthquake and tsunami in Japan, we posted a dispatch from Tokyo by Bike blogger Byron Kidd (@tokyobybike ) about how more people were biking to work in the quake's aftermath. Today, The New York Times has a story about how the uptick in bicycle commuting seems to be persisting in the weeks following the tragedy: [Shigeki] Kobayashi, director of [a] bicycle advocacy group, regularly counts the number of bikers passing by a busy boulevard that leads to downtown Tokyo. On a day last November, he counted 105 bicycles from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. That rose to 243 on March 14, three days after the earthquake and to 330 on March 30. "The quake has clearly changed the number of bike commuters," he said. "It resembles the sudden spike in bike commuters in London after the 2005 bombings when ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/biking/2011-04-19-resilient-tokyo-co...

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