On February 10, 2012 the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department staged the first, of what is to become a monthly crackdown on lawless cyclists.
Police were operating in a total of 110 locations during peak commuter times, stopping cyclists for such violations as cycling with headphones, carrying passengers, using mobile phones while cycling and disobeying traffic rules.
In just one hour at an intersection in Nakano-ku 20 police officers issued warning cards to 35 people. Of those 27 were cycling with headphones, while 4 were warned for running red lights. Details of the remaining 4 ticketed cyclists were not known.
Tokyo cyclists are reminded that these crackdowns are going to occur on the 10th of each month. In the event that the 10th falls on weekend police will be checking cyclists on the prior Friday.
I will be posting reminders on twitter urging cyclists to take care around these dates.
February 11, 2012
Cyclists issued warnings in Tokyo's first monthly bicycle commuter crackdown
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.