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Modus Transportus
17/01/2009 James Clarke

Modus Transportus

Nagaokakyo, Kyoto-fu, Japan view map

As my friend Shinya put it "Nagaokakyo is definitely a bike city, it's compact enough to get everywhere by bike and it's not so densely populated that you have to dodge so much foot traffic". I have to agree with him after being here for a while now, bike has become my main mode of transport (except on rainy days when I walk instead, need to invest in some good wet weather gear). Actually when I was in Australia I used to ride a mountain bike sometimes with 18 gears, here I'm happy with a 3 speed as long as it's got two baskets on it (plenty of carrying capacity for the daily shopping and carrying resources to our English classes). The other good things about riding bikes is it reduces greenhouse gas and keeps you healthy. I've lost 15kgs (30 pounds) since I came here in November. The only thing is with all of the bikes here some times with all of the bikes here some times it's hard to find a place to park it at the shopping centres even though there's more space allocated to bike parking than car parking! Then they make you pay a 150yen to park your bicycle at the train stations! In Australia I've never had to pay to park a bicycle, should be encouraging people to use them, not make them pay to use them I think.
This shot was taken of some bikes in the bike park of an apartment block only about 100 metres from my house.

Nikon F80 ,Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D AF ,Fujichrome Velvia
Shot open wide at f/1.8 (aperture priority), left and right of image cropped off. Film was professionally scanned at local photo shop using a Noritsu Koki QSS-29 film scanner. full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Kaden Kratzer25-Mar-2009 03:58
Very nice and so ecological. V
Simon Chandler19-Mar-2009 22:01
Excellent composition and pov. v
I wish I could bike everywhere in our place without being hit by a car or have the bike stolen. :(
Sam_C17-Mar-2009 07:30
Superb shot James! Great caption too, love this one. BV!
caveman_lee16-Mar-2009 14:35
Nice bikes, good for your health and help to reduce some GHG emissions. V
Raphael_E16-Mar-2009 09:42
I love this classic ! Wonderful shot ! BV
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