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Japan to run a train specifically for bike commuters

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A Japanese railway company unveiled a special train with room for nearly 100 passengers and their bikes that will enable people to take bicycles aboard without the need to fold or disassemble them.

Japanese commuters are generally allowed to take bikes on trains, but often must fold them, take the front wheel off, or carry them in special bags or boxes.

The service will run on weekends when many cyclists will look to capitalise and enjoy the sights and sounds outside of the built-up surroundings of Tokyo.

“We hope many people will enjoy bicycle trips around the peninsula,” a company spokesman said.

Passengers will need to book seats at least five days in advance, with round-trip adult fares starting from ¥6,500, equivalent to around 48 euros.

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