April 10, 2010
Bicycle Safety Leaflets Distributed in Japanese Schools
The leaflet covers basic bicycle safety including a pre ride safety check list, basic road rules, and generally accepted courteous behavior when riding in an environment shared with pedestrians.
There aren't too many points in the leaflet I take issue with. But the space take up telling kids not to ride side by side (which I don't see as a problem if you're in control of your bike and not causing a obstruction) could have been better spent advising kids to pick a line and stick to it rather than weaving all over the place which is a habit that continues to adulthood.
It advises children to wear a helmet when cycling, and in all the cartoon like illustrations the children are wearing helmets but no the adults. This reflects the generally accepted view that bicycle helmets are like training wheels, once you've got the hang of cycling you can safely ditch both.
In addition to the pamphlet I've recently noticed trucks with cycling safety billboards on the back, blasting out bicycle safety messages on a loud speaker doing the rounds of Suginami-ku at least. While I praise the effort in raising awareness of bicycle safety issues I can't help but think the execution of the plan is a little misguided.
Father of two, husband of one, lover of family, bicycles and running.
Urban Cycling Consultant, Tokyo By Bike.
Byron Kidd is the founder of the Tokyo By Bike website, writer, experienced urban cyclist, and expert on cycling in the staggering metropolis of Tokyo.
Working with NPO's and cycling activists to improve cycling infrastructure in Japan, Byron also operates internationally via a vast network of renowned urban mobility experts to promote Japanese cycling culture, and demonstrate how everyday cycling can work in megacities around the world. No city is too big for the bicycle.
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