Q&A-8: Are there a lot of the bicycle parking lot in Tokyo? Can I rent the bike for consecutive days?

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We have received an email in Japanese from Hong Kong. We will first introduce the email in English.
香港のWangさんから日本語でメールが届きました!まず先に英訳で紹介します。                          (Translation form Japanese to English by Maya)

Q: I am planning on traveling to Tokyo from Shanghai in mid June. I would like to rent a bicycle and go sightseeing in Tokyo. Therefore, I have a few questions to ask.

1. Are there a lot of places I could park my bicycle? Is it convenient to park bicycles   in the city? What kind of place can I park at?
2. Could I reserve a bicycle through an email?
3. Can I rent the bicycle for consecutive days?
4. Can I go to another area with the bicycle I rented in Shinjuku? Do I have to return it to the same shop? Or Can I return it at a different shop?
I look forward to hearing from you.                                                                            Wang (country=CN)

A:Dear Wang, 
   Thank you for your email in Japanese. Below is the answer to your questions.

Q1: Are there a lot of places I could park my bicycle? Is it convenient to park bicycles in the city? What kind of place can I park at?

A: There are bicycle parking at department stores and super markets. Some towns have bicycle parking at the station but usually there are already many bicycles there which have long term contract. Usually there are no bicycle parking at a stores and restaurants. Therefore, we recommend that you lock your bicycle and chain your bicycles to guardrail by the road. Even if you can park it outside the shop it is safer to have two locks as bicycles are often stolen in Tokyo.  
Illegal parking is a social issue and in that case the war office truck to temporary warehouse. In this case, you need to fill out the forms, which are left at where you parked your bicycle and go to the assigned place to get your bicycle back. The fine will be about 3,000 yen but it depends on the ward. I am disappointed about this system...

Q2: Could I reserve a bicycle through an email?

A: It depends on the shop. There is also a rent a bike shop on the internet so you can ask them directly. We introduce some stops on our other website that we manage. www.rentabike.jp

Q3: Can I rent the bicycle for consecutive days?

A: Some shops have discount price if you rent a bicycle for a week, two weeks, or a month. Please consult the shop as there may be some shops that may be accommodating for overseas visitors.

Q4: For example, can I go to another area with the bicycle I rented in Shinjiku? Do I have to return it to the same shop? Or Can I return it at a different stop?

A: You can go anywhere with the bicycle. For example, you can go to Yokohama with the bicycle you rented in Shinjyuku. However, you have to return the bicycle to the shop you rented the bicycle from.
There are some shops where you can return it at a different shop. In this case it has to be in the same area in usual. (For example only within the Aoyama area, Setagaya area or Sumidaku area.) We introduce them in our rent a bike website.
We only learnt about the Sumida-ku case recently, so we have not uploaded any information on it yet. We hope that the system where you can return the bicycle to a different shop in the same area increases. 

We, Cycle 2 Project will do our best by working together with the rent a bike shop in the Sumida-ku area so that we can spread this system. We hope that in the future, that we are able to return the bicycle to different shops not only in the same area but to different areas and stations. If this happens we believe that there will be less illegal parking, theft will decrease and we won't have to pick up our bicycle from the temporary warehouse when it is taken by the city ward for illegal parking. 

I hope the answers I provided helps. I wish that your trip to Tokyo will be an enjoyable one! Please email us if you have any other questions.                                                                                                            (Sae)

Q: 『僕は6月中に上海から東京へ旅行する予定で、その時に自転車をrentして東京観光したいと思います。従って、以下の質問をご確認致したいもの。

お手数をお掛けいたしますが、ご返信をお待ちしております。宜しくお願いします。            Wang 』(以上、原文のまま。以下の返信も原文です)

A: Wangさま 


A:department storeや、super marketには駐輪場所(駐輪場)があります。
もし、店の外に駐輪できても、同じように2つの key をした方が安全です。東京は自転車の盗難がとても多いからです。  
不法駐輪が迷惑で社会問題になっていますので、ward office の truck が一時保管所に運ぶことも多いです。
この場合は書類が置いてありますので、指定場所に引き取りに行きます。引き取り料金は、ward によりますが、about over ¥3,000です。このシステムには、本当にガッカリします。


internet の rent a bike shop もありますので、直接、相談してみてください。私たちが運営するもうひとつのwebで紹介しています。

A:1週間、2週間、1か月だと、discount price になる店もあります。


A:例えば新宿でrentした自転車で横浜へ行けます。どこまで行くのも自由です。でも、rentした店に返却します。別の店へ返却が可能な店もあります。この場合、同じ area です。(例えば青山の中だけ、例えば世田谷区の中だけ、例えば墨田区の中だけ)私たちのrent a bike のweb で紹介しています。墨田区の case は最近知りましたので、まだ upload していません。
同じエリアの他の店へ、返却が可能な system が増えるといいです。
私たちcycle2projectは、これから、墨田区の rent a bike shop の人たちと協力して、この system が広がるように頑張ります。そして、将来は、同じエリアだけでなく、違うエリアの店や、station などにも返却できるようになれば、いいと思います。迷惑な違法駐車も、一時保管所からの引き取りも、盗難も減ると考えますので。

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