Basic rules for Bicycles in Japan
In Japan, bicycles are a popular form of transportation and there are rules and regulations to ensure the safety of cyclists and those around them.
Here are some basic rules for bicycles in Japan:
1. Use designated cycling areas: Cyclists are required to use designated cycling areas such as cycling lanes and paths where available. If there are no designated cycling areas, cyclists should ride on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
2. You can ride a bicycle on the sidewalk in the following cases.
- When the sign indicates that it is the portion of the road used by both pedestrians and bicycles
- When bicycles are used by infants, children, seniors 70 years of age or older, or persons with disabilities
- When road conditions (e.g. construction or illegal parking) make it necessary to use sidewalks
Bicycles may use sidewalks with signs indicating both pedestrians and cyclists, but bicycles riding on sidewalks must slow down on the roadway.
3. Follow traffic signals: Cyclists must obey traffic signals, such as red lights and green lights, just like drivers. They should not ride through red lights, even if there are no cars coming.
4. Use lights and reflectors: When cycling at night, cyclists must use front and rear lights and reflectors to increase visibility.
5. You are not allowed to bring umbrellas while riding a bicycle. Wear a raincoat instead.
6. Wear a helmet: While not mandatory, it is recommended that cyclists wear a helmet for their own safety.
7. Yield to pedestrians: Cyclists must yield to pedestrians on sidewalks, and should ring their bell or announce themselves when approaching.
8. Don't ride under the influence: It is illegal to ride a bicycle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
9. Don't carry passengers: Cyclists are not allowed to carry passengers, unless there is a designated seat or attachment for this purpose.
10. Don't use mobile phones: Cyclists should not use their mobile phones while riding as it is considered dangerous.
By following these rules and regulations, cyclists can enjoy a safe and pleasant cycling experience in Japan.