The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has established an expert committee to develop a plan for the prevention of bicycle accidents amid a growing number of fatal cases related to dangerous cycling.
According to government officials, a total of 11,000 bicycle accidents occurred in the capital in 2015 only, leaving 33 people dead, Fuji TV reported. Sixty percent of all cases were caused by dangerous cycling and violation of traffic rules.
The committee will discuss prevention measures, including making it compulsory for bicycle dealers to instruct customers about safety precautions such as wearing helmets. The committee is also looking into the possibility of revising Japan’s current bicycle traffic regulations, officials said.
The committee is expected to provide a detailed report on all suggested improvements by the end of this summer.© Japan Today