T MAGAZINE - Tokyo Tunes Up - NYTimes.com
Jordan Jordan

That Tokyo's subway system is one of the most efficient in the world hasn't slowed a recent two-wheel invasion of the city's streets. An aboveground alternative to the rush-hour crunch, bicycles also proved to be one of the more reliable forms of transportation after the 2011 earthquake; with trains halted and taxis in gridlock, desperate commuters bought out local bike shops.