The Tokyo metropolitan government has announced that it is to introduce measures to reduce the number of bicycles being parked on the streets in the Marunouchi area surrounding Tokyo Station.
According to the government, an increase in the number of workers commuting into the city by bicycle from surrounding areas has resulted in a growing number of bicycles being left in the streets surrounding Tokyo Station. The city estimates that there has been an increase of around 1,600 commuters cycling in from new residential developments in the Tokyo waterfront area.
In order to combat the growing problem, the metropolitan government announced this week that it is to introduce a ban on parking bicycles outside of designated bicycle parking areas in Yurakucho and Otemachi, NTV reported Thursday. It also announced plans to provide 750 bicycle parking facilities by next year, with more being provided by JR East and JR Tokai.
The city also plans to educate individuals and companies in the importance of using designated bicycle parking facilities and keeping the capital's streets clear, a spokesperson said.© Japan Today