When I first heard of "
自転車に乗る" in a song, I thought it was about riding on a bicycle instead of riding a bicycle, because of the kanji "
乗." Then, I realized that
乗る does not only mean riding as a passenger, e.g. "
電車に乗る," "taking a train ride."
For example, there is also
This tells me that
乗る can be used to mean "operating a vehicle," or, in the case of a bicycle, to ride one.
However, is it possible that "
自転車に乗る" also means "to ride on a bicycle," or do I have to say something like "
If I want to specify riding in/on something as a passenger as opposed to
運転する, how do I go about this using 乗る, or is there a different verb/expression involved?
For instance, how do I say something like, "My friend's giving me a ride to the park on his bicycle now"? Given my rather limited Japanese, I can only think of:
This is quite a mouthful, if not unnatural. Nonetheless, if this works, does it apply to cars and other vehicles as well?