July 02, 2010
Pedal Policy - Confused by Japan's Cycling Laws? You're not the only one.
After being stung by a policeman for performing a right hand turn at a busy Tokyo intersection on his bicycle, as he has done unmolested many times in the past, Metropolis editor, James Hadfield, began to question Japanese cycling law, and the local constabulary's understanding and enforcement of those laws.
What he discovered is that beat cops don't have a detailed understanding of the traffic laws, the laws tend to be ambiguous and open to interpretation, and that these inconsistencies tend to work in favor of the cyclist unless they encounter an over zealous traffic cop or one who got out of the wrong side of bed.
Read the full article at Metropolis.
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.