Thomas Ross Hallock

Asia 2012 – extra: Tokyo people don’t know how to lock bikes

I took all of the following photos in a small sidewalk-accessible and visible bike parking garage in the Roppongi shopping district in Tokyo.

Look closely at this one and you’ll notice that the lock on this bike isn’t actually locking anything. With the right maneuver, you can just slide the lock over the bike and wheel:

This bike’s owner realized that people don’t steal bikes here and didn’t even bother with a lock:

Here are some quick-release classics:

Tokyo would be a bike thief’s paradise…. if only it had any bike thiefs. Coming from the bike theft capital of the world, I’ll admit to being somewhat jaded, but the lock-jobs I witnessed were simply illogical. I guess people here are just decent trustworthy citizens.

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