In my travels, I enjoy comparing the trends as well as cycling’s role in different cultures. I am always amazed at the amount of people who rely on bicycles as an important part of every day life. Japan left a lasting impression and much amusement in my mind. Women and girls use bicycles as necessary transportation, and were determined to still look cute and fashionable while doing so. Pictured above is a common sight in Japan. A school girl, carrying her books, umbrella (no matter what weather), and texting while en route to her next destination. That’s what I call multi-tasking.