On Monday, September 10, a working group established by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to study the feasibility of implementing license plate system for Tokyo's cyclists handed over their report to government officials.
The government believes mandatory number plates will encourage cyclists to ride more safely and observe road rules as they will become more easily identifiable. The also believe the new system will curb the increasing incidents of bicycles being abandoned illegally.
Opponents of the system (myself included) argue that any move that makes cycling more expensive or inconvenient will have a dramatic impact on families who rely on bicycles as their main mode of transport. Bicycle manufacturers also oppose the idea as they believe it will impact on their sales figures.
I've written more on the subject here, and it is a story I will be following with great interest.
September 12, 2012
Report on Bicycle License Plates Presented in Tokyo
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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