Bicycle Safety, by Tokyo's Elementary School Children

Byron Kidd
Many construction sites around Tokyo attempt to beautify themselves by displaying artwork by local children on what would otherwise be lifeless white walls. I came across these bicycle and and road safety themed pictures at a construction site in Ebisu, Tokyo.
Going clockwise from the top right the first caption warns against standing on your pedals (a bit strict I thought), the second recommends you always cross at pedestrian crossings, the third advises you slow down when going down hills, and the final comment is not to ignore traffic lights.

Judging by the pictures this random sample of Tokyo children have a firm grip on on the theoretical side of road safety, lets hope the put it into practise when they're out on the streets, because as third year elementary school children in Japan they're already cycling.

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  1. Funny, sounds like the way I saw the Japanese ride in today's 'Fuji-Eco-Cycling'. Very little climbing out of saddle, but as a sometimes fixed rider I will admit I do it too often. Road marshals kept waving me to slow down, but besides the road being empty, with my body, bike, and overnight baggage hitting 250lbs, going the speed they wanted would have meant riding the brakes all the time.


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