Go figure: There’s a Bike To Work Day in Japan!
This is the country with monstrous subterranean robotic bicycle parking garages with room for 10,000 bikes; where housewives make their daily grocery runs on mamachari 3 speed basket bikes; and a unique dekochari bike subculture.
The bike fanatics at Ecology Japan Bicycle want MOAR, however, and promote a Bike To Work Week from May 30 to June 5, complete with American style food and drink stations, simple repair service, sponsorship, and surveys to determine the state of bike commuting. There’s even a cheesy “How To” guide listing the benefits of biking to work, not the least of which are confounding your office mates with a cheery “ohayo!” (Good morning!) as you roll in on your bike, and hentai following miniskirted school girls (hey, it’s Japan).
Amusingly, they call it 「バイクツーワーク」 — pronounced “baiku tsu waku” — an Engrish transliteration of “Bike To Work.” One of the goals of Bicycle Ecology Japan is the spread of 「バイシクルカルチャ」 — pronounced baishikuru karucha or “bicycle culture” with added syllables and fewer consonants — to encourage urban cycling and make cycling cool to a younger demographic.
Bike To Work Day 2010 May 30 – June 5 in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kanazawa, Akita, Fukuoka and Takamatsu.