Tokyo Metro Offers Free Snacks to Ease Congestion

In an attempt to alleviate congestion on trains during rush hour, the Tokyo Metro is offering free soba and tempura for riders who opt to travel during off-peak times. The offer will coincide with another program—which is being adopted by 1,000+ local companies—that asks business owners to ease their policies on punctuality so that their employees can arrive later or work from home to lessen …

Maison & Objet 2018: Products for City Commuters

Backpacks, helmets, lights and more for those on the move

With some 54% of the world’s population living in cities (a percentage that continues to increase), it’s no surprise that we found a lot of products for commuters—specifically cyclists—at this year’s Maison & Objet. From headphone cleaning kits to foldable helmets, lights, bags, and more, each of our favorite pieces below combine design with functionality and practicality. Of course, style isn’t sacrificed. Melbourne, Australia’s Memobottle …

PAIX Commuter Backpack

A new bag with all the staples, plus a smart interchangeable accessory

New SF-based company PAIX believes they’ve designed what many have tried to achieve: the ultimate commuter backpack. Made from water-resistant CyclePET® fabric (which in turn, is made from recycled PET bottles), BackPAIX has the staples: 30 liters of space, lots of pockets including one with side access for a 15-inch laptop or tablet—and it even claims to be fully weatherproof. The uncommon extras are a …