article on the Yomiuri website about local government efforts to reduce bicycle accidents at intersections by erecting signs urging cyclists to stop.
I commented on twitter that it is a nice gesture, but that I'd like to see a national standard as too many prefectures around Japan are making up their own individual cycling policies with no overriding direction.
Afterwards I re-visited the article and noticed the accompanying picture. Can you see what is wrong?
Thats right, the cyclist in the picture is on on the wrong side of the road, if there were traffic on the road they would be cycling into it. Salmoning, if you will.
So what is the photo telling us? That it's safe to ride on the wrong side of the road as long as we stop at the intersection and look both ways?
Sorry folks, this is a bicycle safety fail.
February 27, 2012
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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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