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Tokyo police crack down on cycling violations

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Tokyo Metropolitan Police last week carried out a simultaneous city-wide check for minor bicycle infractions in 110 locations across the capital.

Violations included trying to sneak under railway crossing gates as they were closing, cycling while listening to music through earphones and cycling while holding open parasols.

In total, police said that one man was fined and eight people were given warnings for committing petty offenses, NTV reported.

Tokyo police say they plan to continue to hold regular city-wide checks to discourage cycling violations in the future.

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110 locations across the world's biggest city. One man fined. So in other words, there was no problem to crack down on and this was a complete waste of time and money. Has to be one of those instances where you are not sure wheter to laugh or cry.

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Bicycles DO NOT Kill people, motor vehicles do...!

But bicycles ridden by inattentive idiots cause motor vehicles to swerve into the path of other motor vehicles, or pedestrians, which kills people.

What is it with people? I've read countless comments bemoaning Japanese road safety, and when the cops actually go out and do something, we get complaints about them "taking it seriously".

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Probably involved around 10 JP cops at each location, thats over a 1000 personal used, what a waste of time....could have been put to better use stopping people texting while driving, kids not wearing seat belts you name it the list goes on. Didn`t JP cops do the same last year? Country is on auto pilot!

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Agree with EVERYBODY! This is a total waste of resources. Moreover, if the rational for bicycle stops is the same as vehicle stops that I seen routinely on Meiji Dori in Central Tokyo, then the process is totally arbitrary. I have never seen a more opaque process.

And the comments about over-staffing are spot on as well. I routinely see 5 officers for a run-of-the-mill vehicle violation and three for a bike/bicycle check. In the States, even in a high crime or non routine case in which back up is called for, you are talking about two patrol cars.

I have lived here long enough to know that after a certain point, one stops asking "why?" It is safer for your sanity that way.

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I wonder if 110 locations were chosen because you do dial "110" for police here in Japan?

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Tokyo police say they plan to continue to hold regular city-wide checks to discourage cycling violations in the future.

Correct me if I'm wrong but I was under the impression that they were supposed to be holding regular, country wide checks on a second-by-second basis because the police's job is, in fact, policing.

The whole escapade is probably just because they're tired of cracking down on violations of various kinds by other policemen.

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Lol. You guys sure seem to hate the police in a country where the crime rate is so low you'll probably never experience it.

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Headphones are my favorite "infraction". Of course I can hear the cars around me.

Are you going to fine the guy with the loud car stereo? I don't think so. Someone explain to me how this is any different than the cyclist who needs a little workout music.

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a cop stopped my wife who was riding a muji mama chari. They thought she stole the bike since the chain lock was hanging on the handle bar & even asked her for the lock combination. I coudnt believe it.

I agree with Graham deshazo, better to accept thats how things work here and not question why, otherwise you go mad.

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You folks are letting yourselves get misled by the headline which uses the term "crack down". That is not the way the Japanese police operate, and its a big reason why I live here.

The Japanese approach is much more calm and gentle in general. I think its great that of one fine, 8 warnings were issued. It goes to show a great many positive things. One is that the Japanese smarten up when they see the police. Another is that the Japanese cops are not rabidly trying fulfill a quota. And another is that they will give you a warning ie second chance. They realize that some of these bicycle rules are new, are in a mode to educate rather than crack down.

My only complaint is that the new bicycle rules are very poorly thought out and are going to get people killed if they have not already. Kids on bicycles most certainly do not belong on the road if there is a sidewalk.

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I'm a cyclist who tries really hard to obey the rules but I do get tired of the countless a$$holes on bikes riding around. I was at the Aomori Nebuta festival recently and couldn't believe the stupidity of some people. I was walking with my two young children in a crowded crosswalk, and people were just riding right into the crowd to get across! I had to lift my son out of the way and twice I got a handlbar in the ribs from idiots not watching where they were going. All of this took place with DOZENS of j-cops standing around watching (extra were on duty for the festival). I know I've been stopped a few times for bike checks (only foreigners steal bikes right?) but at least they are making an effort to enforce some rules since common sense has no Japanese translation.

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That means that over 100 of the 110 locations did not find a single offender. How long did the crackdown last? One minute.

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What Tokyo needs as a lot of major cities in Europe is cycling tracks along the road or on the sidewalk! When you consider the amount of people riding bikes everyday here it does make sense to invest for a little more safety, I am sure that most of people do not know if we should ride on the road or on the sidewalk (what is the official rule btw?) Also I've seen so many times J-cops on riding one way streets one the wrong way not respecting traffic lights and so on... So what is the point of this useless and costly operation?

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Must have been a low crime day?

Where I live, a guy fell off his moped because of a car. No one hurt. About 20 cops turned up in 7 cars and vans. Took measurements and photo's and after a couple of hours left. I just couldn't believe it, 20 cops!

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They certainly must not have 'cracked down' very hard because I see at least 20 or more infractions on the way to work when I ride my bicycle. Almost had an accident last night, in fact, because some nimrod was a) riding on the wrong side of the road, b) veered right despite the light being red (I was in the left lane going through a green), c) didn't seem to have any brakes based on the screeching. I ended up having to turn into oncoming traffic to avoid him, but fortunately there wasn't any immediately in front of me.

Seriously, if the cops REALLY bothered to crack down on violations, and regular car violations for that matter (ie. illegal parking so that you have to ride around the de facto parking lots!), they would fill the coffers of this nation and there would be no need for tax hikes.

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they should have included people texting while riding their bicycles as well.

people have to pay attention to the road (or sidewalk) and traffic, both pedestrian and vehicle (including other bicycles...). when on a bicycle...

this action by the police should serve to prevent some accidents.

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When you have other major world cities, most with with truly cosmopolitian / international communities, actually investing in promoting cycling, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Hangzhou etc then Tokyo... which city is gonna get the Olympics? Invest in cyclists, don't promote them as the problem, but as the solution. This 'it's YOUR fault' approach gives motorists a sense of 'I am RIGHT', especially in Japan where everyone loves to be RIGHT. This will only see an increase in 'betsu ni' behavior directed at cyclists.

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Yet, you can buy battery powered Head and Tail-lights at the 100 Yen Shop. We use those for the rear and Bridgestone LED lights in the front.

Did another trip to the 100Yen shop and bough LED lights that fit onto the valve-caps and flash for 20 seconds when the start rotation or stopping.

Many people never maintain their dynamos so it becomes harder to pedal and thus they don't use it. Not sure about the scene in central Toyko, but we are getting a ton cycling roads, most are separated from the cars and Pedestrians by a rail.

As for bicycle maintenance aka screaming breaks as the pads are worn down, Chain clanking in their cases and using incorrect tire pressure, etc.

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Be nice to see Tokyo-to do a little more to encourage cycling with better dedicated cycling lanes.

One initiative Ishihara had that got struck down by the central government was to prohibit diesel heavy vehicles within the Yamanote line in order to improve the air quality. It was a good idea - and the perfect kind of policy for a guy who basically likes to focus on populist quasi fascist measures that make it easy to show results (like improving water quality, reducing crow numbers, reducing Chinese prostitute numbers, etc).

Two fascist leader projects I'd really like Ishihara to get to are getting Yokota Airbase back and making it into another Tokyo civilian airport like he wants to, and for him to look at perhaps turning some road lanes into dedicated bicycle lanes a bit like his heavy truck proposal - another way of reaching the same goal of improving air quality.

Incidentally, since the quake, the number of people using bicycles soared, and as a result the number of incidents involving bicycles soared also - particularly collisions with pedestrians, and use of bicycles with racing style footbrakes only which HAVE led to deaths, prompting the first crackdown a few months ago. Makes sense to make sure cyclists are aware of and follow the rules, but some better planning to accomodate them would be a nice and popular move I would think.

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I'm in the minority here, but after being ran into at full speed by two morons here in Kyoto, I hope the cops crack down on these idiots. I'm tired of having to look over my shoulder while walking down the sidewalk, for fear of another jackass--usally female--flying at me. They are the ones who should be paying attention. When operationg a motor vehicle back in the States, the driver, not the pedestrian, is obliged to pay extra attention. The same should be true of these bicycle boobs. :-)

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Headphones are my favorite "infraction". Of course I can hear the cars around me.

You obviously have good earphones. I've seen lots of people riding with them on who were completely oblivious to the world of sound around them, including the horns honking at them.

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I wonder how many drivers went through red lights right in front of the police whilst they were conducting this "crack down"?

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These coppers have stopped me more times than I can remember. Once was ok as I did not know the rule about headphones, so I apologized, and after they confirmed that I did not steal the bike, they sent me on my way. Another time I was using one earphone and they still pulled me over for a chat and to confirm that I did not steal the bike. The craziest was when another copper followed me up a long slow grade to perform a bicycle check. I asked him if he had free time as he must have been following me for a bit. Crazy.

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The thing that's most frustrating about all this is that Japan IS trying to make things safer for cyclists, but the laws are never enforced, and in fact in a survey done last year, some 70% of police officers didn't know the majority of bicycle laws. I have seen some streets widened of late (a miracle, really) and bike lanes marked off, but cars use those as parking spaces and turn on the hazard lights as they wait for people to come home on the trains, or go to the convenience store to buy smokes. The road outside my nearby department store is LITERALLY a parking lot for people who don't want to bother using the department store's parking lot. I spend half my time riding on the line separating traffic lanes as a result.

There is NO WAY the cops in Tokyo are taking this, probably week-long, campaign seriously or else they would have netted at least a few hundred people for infractions while they got ONE.

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basroil: I did enjoy that, thank you!

On my way home tonight I counted the infringements I noticed and it was 41 (more than one per person in some cases!), as well as more than 30 illegally parked cars with hazard lights on. Made a point of stopping into a repair shop to have my brakes checked, chain oiled, gear cables checked, and even had my handle grips changed. After that I was near home when I saw that the local izakaya had about 10 bikes parked outside it, all with "on patrol" signs stuck to them. Turns out the local PTA moms were having their enkai and getting wasted. I have no doubt they then went on to ride home, 'on patrol'. A police officer could easily take a look at the parking lot and walk into the izakaya to see if the people who own the bikes are drinking, or even just wait outside and see if they ride home and were drunk. In Japan? nope. Just turn a blind eye and call it a campaign.

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I once nearly ran into a bike rider on the sidewalk as he was paying no attention while reading his thick manga across the handlebars!

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More effective: Manners Posters for Bike Riders...would like to see that!

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Does Japan have the same problems as other countries with many bicycles (like China)?

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Does Japan have the same problems as other countries with many bicycles (like China)?

What kind of problems do you mean?

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Just this morning I was thinking there should be more police and not only for car traffic but fining cyclists as well.

A bike dashed the opposite line down the hill without even slowing down and entered pedestrian area. If even a little something have got wrong there would have been lethal accident. This kind of behavior needs prevention and heavy penalties. Then people on 2 wheels will think more even without holding a license.

Less warning and more fines for the real traffic offenses I say. For the petty offenses whatever that means I don't care.

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smithinjapanAug. 13, 2012 - 02:55PM JST

I have seen some streets widened of late (a miracle, really) and bike lanes marked off, but cars use those as parking spaces and turn on the hazard lights as they wait for people to come home on the trains, or go to the convenience store to buy smokes. The road outside my nearby department store is LITERALLY a parking lot for people who don't want to bother using the department store's parking lot. I spend half my time riding on the line separating traffic lanes as a result.

Yes, the main issue with enforcement (other than cops not knowing the law) is the fact that nobody respects the lanes to begin with... but a big factor is just the fact bike lanes are impossible use anyway.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzE-IMaegzQ

You'll enjoy this educational video about the hazards of bike lanes.

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Some crack down.

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Forgot to add back home the Dynamo powers front and tail-lights, just a wire running along the frame.

Like the new dynamos that automatically switch on when it gets dark.

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I see police ride down on the bicycles down the wrong way on one way streets all the time. Earphone in their ears, one hand holding something other than the handle, riding parallel and talking to their fellow mate, stopping suddenly and so on.

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I for one am glad that they are cracking down on this, however by the result (one fine), it appears to me that they're just putting out more cops, not that the cops are actually putting any effort in.

I've been hit twice by cyclists hurtling down narrow sidewalks (which is illegal in the first place) without looking where they were going. One of those times really jacked by leg up pretty bad. I've been on a bus that had to swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid flattening some idiot who was riding in the cycle lane on the wrong side of the road (I see this ALL THE TIME, especially on large busy roads with trucks and cars hurtling towards them).

As with motor vehicles, periodically "Cracking down" is not going to help, as everyone who doesn't get caught often doesn't know they're breaking the law (or if they do, they probably don't realise the danger of what they're doing and think it's okay to ignore the law).

This issue needs proper education. I want to see safe driving and anti drink-driving commercials on TV here like the ones you see overseas that show you the real consequences of dangerous driving.

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Is cycling the wrong way up a street i.e. against the flow of traffic on a two-way road not illegal. Don't know how many times I've nearly ran over the cyclist or nearly bumped the car coming the other way in narrow Japanese roads as a result. Anyone know? Seems ludicrously dangerous.

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mitoguitarmanAUG. 13, 2012 - 10:56AM JST I agree with Makdad--totally ludicrous that only bicyclists can't use headphones to listen to music, while drivers, pedestrians, bikers can do so. Stupid laws create stupid crimes.

You apparently do not drive a car or motorcycle. I have been for 25 years in Tokyo. Headphones, cellphones and overloaded mama charis are a major danger to cyclist. In addition, even though the cyclist may have done any or all of the mentioned, it's the driver that pays out the .......

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Tokyo Metropolitan Police last week carried out a simultaneous city-wide check for minor bicycle infractions in 110 locations across the capital.

Is this really what they need to be doing...? These people are outta of their minds... OK, let's forget about out 72% Police Officer groping rate, or Drunk Driving, or you name it, but let's go after people that are easy targets, Kids, Old ladies, Old men....

More crimes are committed by J-Cops in Tokyo alone, than all the Bicycle riders in All of Japan, you can't even compare the two. Now if they are talking Bozozoku, then I am all for it, but they don't ride bicycles.

Bicycles DO NOT Kill people, motor vehicles do...!

When I told my Japanese friend who had lived in NY about J-Cops stopping people on bicycles, she thought I was joking...

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Robbing banks today is safe. Just don't ride your bicycle.

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Why is it the police here feel moved to constantly announce what are basically harassment campaigns of short duration, since everyone knows as soon as it's over things will be back to the status quo?

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Man o man are the keystones priorities fracked up! Pure insanity.

Thx once again for wasting a collosal amount of our taxes, calling them imbeciles is too high a compliment

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Not complaining at all about the level of crime etc in Japan. and the seriously comment was based on the level of intensity and documents produced and notes made and 4 cops per bike stopped that i witnessed. if they did the same for people driving like lemons I would be most gratified.

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1 fine and 8 warnings over 110 locations across Tokyo, seems like a waste of time and police resources. They should be focusing on drunk drivers and other traffic violations, where there's a real problem.

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Minor bicycling violations? I thought that is traditionally all that the J-cops are busy with. Why announce this?

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People die because they do not obey the laws -- just ask the mom who lost her two daughters earlier this year when she zoomed through a red light on her bicycle and was hit by a car. She lived, of course, but her kids died. If only she had known more about the laws, or been more inclined to follow them.

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involving police in every matter is really strange, such measures can be taken on community and schools level it will have a better impact if you convince the people to abide the law or to take safe measures while cycling through the help of schools and community teachings, exposing people especially the young one in front of police and to create fear will have a negative impact on the society

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Too little too late...police have let go on so long that people don't even realize that they are breaking the law.

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waste of time

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only 10? ridiculous...just ride for an hour in Tokyo and you can bring a nice fine sum to the city coffins...I would volunteer for a percentage! So many people cycle lights off / holding everything from parasols to fridges, have zero respect for any traffic laws ( cause if they get hit..its the driver to blame ) and yes, I am a cyclist and a bike commuter.

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@DoLittle

No, no. I'm all for constructive criticism, and do plenty of it myself. But there is a significant minority of posters here who just love to vent their frustrated spleens all over the site whenever they get the chance. Those folk really should get the heck out.

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Wouldn't they be better off catching stalkers,murderers, wife-beaters, paedophiles, chikan, burglars, drug-dealing yaks, 'ore-ore' scammers and mothers who dump babies in rivers,coin lockers and rubbish bins ?

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WTF were these plods doing? One fine and ten warnings across Tokyo? I could do that in ten minutes at my local station!

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PR, announce it and that's enough. Reality has no bearing on it

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Those of you wanting a harsher police response, more fines, more pre-emptive searches for more serious crimes, frequent car stops, checkpoints, etc. need only leave Japan to live in the police state of your dreams! I left a police state to live here thank you very much. It was easier than belly-aching about the country and stressing myself into a stroke!

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I was all set to complain about the cops when I saw the headlines-- then I saw the infractions- headphones, train-gate rushing, and umbrella. All 3, esp 1st and last, really drive me nuts. So I thought "Go police!!!". Then I read the # that got got. Honestly I know nothing about Tokyo, but where I live, I think they could get more ppl got if they wanted.

Silly cops, and their "campaigns". They choose a crime to disapprove of for a week, ignore it at all other times except for the campaign-period, and then like take months off between campaigns while they think what their next campaign should be, meanwhile doing... nothing.

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They should use "community cops" to deal with these minor events.

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Ch1n4Sailor: Japan has, or at least HAD, the highest rate of cycling deaths in the world, at least until 2009, with 14% of all traffic accidents involving bicycles.

http://www.asahi.com/special/09016/TKY200908170213.html

So there's your stats.

This morning on my way to work (yes, I work during Obon) I saw a kid riding his bike while playing a Sony PSP, never mind the five or so other people I came across texting while on their bikes. Seriously, if the cops wanted to do their jobs they could make a mint off these infractions, but I guess that WOULD require them doing their jobs, and that seems tough for the J-cops.

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110 locations across the world's biggest city. One man fined. So in other words, there was no problem to crack down on and this was a complete waste of time and money.

Or they were cycling too fast to get caught XD

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'Traffic violations' pfft ! We're talking mama-charis here. Why is so much time and effort into bicycles? Like the article stated, only one person was fined.

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I agree with Makdad--totally ludicrous that only bicyclists can't use headphones to listen to music, while drivers, pedestrians, bikers can do so. Stupid laws create stupid crimes.

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Bicycles do kill people! I am aware of at least one case. In Shiga Prefecture back on June 23, 2011, a 21 year old man on a bicycle collided with a woman who was crossing the street on a green signal. The woman died in July due to her injuries.The man was charged with causing death through negligence. (involuntary manslaughter).

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@smithinjapan

"People die because they do not obey the laws"

Are you saying people will not die if they obey the laws?

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Tokyo, is part of Japan and guess what, Tokyo is also full of stupid fools that go around drunk, no lights, dark clothes, wrong side of the street, in Japan it is not the law, but safer to ride with the flow of traffic on the LEFT hand side, like in the UK, Australia, Thailand, etc..opposite of the USA, boy I can go on and on and on, oh one guy here said he saw a Japanese idiot fool playing a SONY PSP on his bicycle?? I saw one of these stupid bastards too, and this idiot fool cut me off from behind, I followed him thinking he would me mucking around with his cellphone etc..but no!! IT was a SONY PSP video game, playing his game while riding his bike in heavy traffic!!! Land o fools!!! I wanted to take it away from him and throw it out in the street for the cars to run it over, but then I thought no, rather that this idiot fool gets hit and learns his lesson the HARD WAY sooner or later.

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@smithinjapan

Japan has, or at least HAD, the highest rate of cycling deaths in the world, at least until 2009, with 14% of all traffic accidents involving bicycles. http://www.asahi.com/special/09016/TKY200908170213.html So there's your stats.

Nice try, but you're comparing apples and oranges. You are lumping Bicycle riding into the same risk group as operating a motor vehicle, NOT anywhere close by a factor of a hundred...

Yes, it is possible for someone to get killed or maimed by another person riding a bicycle, and how often does that happen...? Once every 5 or ten years...? (NOT Talking about someone riding out into traffic and getting hit, if you want to include that, let's include ALL PEDESTRIANS, to make it a level comparison) More kids got killed in Elevators or Drowned in pools in the greater Tokyo area this year, than all the bicycle deaths (or serious injuries) combined over the last 10 years.

Following your logic, let's require all obasans, mother's and caregivers to have their baby strollers licensed and registered, and start giving them them random spot inspections, to makke sure they're NOT wearing headphones, or talking on the cell phone while pushing their stroller...

Use Common Sense... PLEASE.... PLEASE....PLEASE...

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Hugely efficient. 1 fine, 8 warnings...... I actually saw a number of instances of the satsu hassling cyclists - they take it all soooo seriously!!!

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If you think bicycles do not kill, you have to be really really stupid! Just a few years ago, some idiot young woman speeding on her bike, went right through all the gazillions of people who cross that hachiko intersection in Shibuya and hit a very old woman crossing the street, KILLING HER!! Some young idiot in Osaka riding around with a boom box hit a young mother in her head, killing her, not sure but she had a least 1 child, now they are orphans, and the list goes on and on and on! Lubracrisi is on the money, all those thinking that the Japanese have nothing better to do, wait until some idiot fool flying on their bike rams into you from behind in Ebisu station etc..Too many idiots on bikes in this country and if the police are going to get tougher, good on them!!

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I do agree that the police bother too much with bicycles and not at all for the right reasons (registration checks rather than reckless riding). But bother less with bike riders does not mean they need to go on a rampage of hassling some other group!

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It's amazing how many comments are about the bicycle infractions in Japan and how most of them I believe are from foreigners. I guess Japanese don't care one way or the other since there seems to be laws that are meaningless since most cops look the other way when riders go through red lights. It reminds me of safety week where cops stand around making themselves look busy. Mothers with two helmetless kids on bikes riding all over the place. Maybe it's a start of a new trend for cops.

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It is the driver that pays $$$$$$ but if a car and some idiot on a bicycle, guess which one will pay with their life??

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In total, police said that one man was fined and eight people were given warnings for committing petty offenses, NTV reported.

Gosh!

This is massive!

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Wouldn't they be better off catching stalkers,murderers, wife-beaters, paedophiles,

Pedophiles? What about schizophrenics? See where I am going with this? Probably not.

Would you like the police to just forget all about traffic violations? And go after those thinking impure thoughts instead?

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What is it with people? I've read countless comments bemoaning Japanese road safety, and when the cops actually go out and do something, we get complaints about them "taking it seriously".

JCops stopping and harassing, Mother's riding with their children, Salary-men riding home from work, and Obasan's and Ojisan's isn't going to do a damn thing about public safety... If you believe for one nano-second that using all those police resources for cracking down bicycle riders will improve Japanese public safety, You're living in a dream world...

Show me some statistics about bicycles (NOT Motorcycles) causing death and serious injury, and I would be inclined to listen to you, BUT they don't exist...

Why are they doing it then...?

To be honest, JCops aren't capable (As in Trained and Empowered) to do much else.. The Mayor of Tokyo will NOT get stopped riding his bike, because he doesn't ride a bike, hence they are going after low hanging fruit, people that have no other recourse, than to put up with it..

This is about as silly as the Tokyo Police Department releasing statistics that say they stopped 100,000 foreigners, and hence they prevented 100,000 crimes or encountered 100,000 criminals.. To refrence the story JT ran a few months back.

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