BBBase train - Tokyo
Tokyo roadies get special train

It’s no longer a battle for Tokyo’s weekend warriors to get to their favourite riding territory on the Boso Peninsula on Tokyo Bay.

Such was the number of bikes crowding on the already busy early-morning train services to the area, East Japan Rail decided to create a dedicated service.

Previously riders even had to partially dismantle their bikes for the trip.

Since the beginning of this year, every Saturday and Sunday morning a specially equipped train leaves the capital in the morning, and returns to the city in the late afternoon, on one of four lines each week.

The six car train, called the BB Base (Boso Bicycle Base) was remodelled to take 99 seats, each with a bike rack attached to the rear of the seat.

The service opened in the middle of the Japanese winter, but is already near-full each Saturday and Sunday.