Typhoons and bikes

Typhoon Vongfang Tokyo Japan

I rode a bicycle during a typhoon in Tokyo once. I don’t recommend it.

HIMEJI, JAPAN – OCTOBER 13: A cyclist wears a rain poncho in the strong wind and rain delivered by Typhoon Vongfong on October 13, 2014 in Himeji, Japan. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Vongfong surpassed Genevieve for the most intense western Pacific typhoon of 2014 by estimated central pressure of 970 hectopascals at its center and packing winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour. Local media reported at least 44 people were injured in typhoon-related accidents, while Japanese airlines cancelled at least 329 flights. JMA has issued the high alert for heavy rainfall as well as strong winds and waves. Over 80 people deaths following three previous typhoons and torrential rain in Japan this year. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)


  1. That photo was not taken during high winds. Several people are unconcernedly holding umbrellas. Even the rain seems to be light in the photo, as there are no splashes where raindrops hit the wet sidewalk and visibility is at least a block.

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