|Police indicate they'll be able to enjoy longer|
tea breaks if they're not forced onto the streets
to implement already existing cycling laws.
Riding a brakeless bicycle on public roads is already illegal in Tokyo but there is currently no regulation on the sale of such bicycles.
In 2012 misguided proposals with the aim of improving bicycle safety including a proposal for mandatory number plates for bicycles, flourished across the nation but as yet few have been implemented therefore I remain sceptical about this ban. Assuming it did however, questions remain about how the ban will be enforced as brakeless track bicycles are still required for , well, track racing. Will stores require a government permit to sell brakeless track bicycles, or will they rely on the customer to swear on a stack of bibles at the time of purchase that they will nor cycle on the road?
Once again we see expensive, difficult to implement and enforce proposals aimed at improving cycling safety when all Tokyo really needs is for the police to get out there and routinely enforce the current cycling laws, which they currently neglect.