The Tokyo Metopolitan Government reported that 34,247 bicycles were abandoned at Tokyo train stations in 2016. That sounds like a huge number, but that was about 2700 fewer than in 2015 and down from the peak number of 240,000 in 1990. Every October, all train stations within Tokyo are visited to count the number of abandoned bicycles.
This seems like an incredible number of abandoned bikes and a huge expense to replace them. Everyone rides bicycles to get around here in Japan. How can they just leave their bicycles behind? I could understand two or three drunk salarymen forgetting which station their bicycles were at, but 34,247? In Hokkaido, bicycles left in the fall would emerge from the snow in the spring and be totally crushed from the weight of the winter snow.
How about where you live - do you ever see bicycles abandoned?
This reminds me of a joke told by one of my students --