Friday, October 15, 2010
Won't Miss #244 - bike abuse
One of the things you'll find out rapidly in Japan if you ride a bicycle is that other people have no respect whatsoever for your bike. Besides filling your basket with their empty beverage cans, used tissues, and onigiri wrappers (something I dealt with on a daily basis when I parked at the station for work), they will also do whatever it takes to cram into what limited bike parking space is available. If they have to smash the hell out of your basket until it is a misshapen piece of metal, they will do it. If they have to knock the spokes loose cramming in their kickstand, they will do it. What is more, if they are shoving their bike in and set off a domino effect which knocks down other bikes, they will not pick them up if no one else is there to witness it happen.
I won't miss the abuse my bike gets put through by selfish people who have no respect for the property of others.