One of the most popular articles on this site is entitled "Of Japanese Cycling Laws and other Mythical Beasts" in which I express my opinion that Japanese cycling laws are poorly understood, inconsistently enforced and largely ignored. At the end of that article I concluded that if you exercise some common sense, and ride safely you can conveniently ignore most of the rules of the road. Because unless you are disturbing the peace, or present a direct danger to yourself or others the police turn a blind eye to most cycling.
This week Japan Times' reporter Colin Jones wrote an interesting piece on how the Japanese enforce vague laws entitled "No need to know the law, but you must obey it". While not specifically about cycling law, although it does provide some examples, I was surprised to find that it confirmed a number of points I had made in my article about the inconsistency in the policing of laws in Japan and goes on to explain why this is the case. Most certainly worth a read.
July 01, 2010
No need to know the law, but you must obey it
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.
Day Job, Software Developer.
Writing code and stuff, for games and things.