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Bikes can be used freely by anyone. They’re a very convenient way to get around, but they’re regarded as light vehicles in Japan. Bikes cause many traffic accidents. Follow the rules and ride them safely.
In places where the roads are split up into the sidewalk (where people walk) and the road (where cars drive), ride your bike on the left edge of the road.
However, riding on the sidewalk is okay in the following situations.
In addition, it’s okay to ride on the sidewalk if you’re a child, an elderly person, or disabled.
The sidewalk is a path for people to walk on. Even on sidewalks bikes can use, be sure to do the following.
When riding a bike, follow the safety rules below.
If you are found to be repeatedly riding your bike in a dangerous way, and are warned by police two or more times within a 3-year period, you will be required to visit a facility to study bike rules. These study sessions last for 3 hours, and you will be charged 6,000 yen.
Bikes must be registered to prevent theft. This is called “bohan toroku.” This registration proves that you own your bike.
This can be done at the store where you purchase your bike. You’ll need an ID (something that proves your identity) and some money. In Tokyo, the registration cost is 500 yen.
If you register your bike, you’ll receive a sticker with a number on it. Put this sticker on your bike, and if it’s stolen, the police will search for a bike with that number.
There are some places, such as the areas around train stations, where you can’t park your bike. These areas are called “jitensha hochi kinshi kuiki.” If you park your bike in these areas, it will be taken to a storage center for abandoned bikes by the local government.
To have your bike returned to you, bring the following to the storage center.
If you don’t know which storage area your bike has been taken to, call the local government office. They can find out for you by searching for your registration number.
Bike storage areas only keep bikes for 1-2 months before disposal. Retrieve your bike promptly after removing.
Bike accidents can cause serious injuries. To be prepared for an accident, you should enroll in bike insurance. If you are injured in a bike accident or cause an injury to someone else, the insurance company will pay for treatment.
If the bike you bought has a “TS mark” sticker on it, your bike is enrolled in an insurance program. However, this insurance only last for a one-year period from the date printed on the sticker.
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