February 27, 2012

What is wrong with this picture?

This morning I read an 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.


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