Osaka police crack down on reckless cyclists

Apr 24, 2014

Osaka police crack down on reckless cyclists

The Osaka Prefectural Police are stiffening their crackdown on reckless cyclists following a sharp increase in serious accidents. One of the most notorious problem areas has been the famous Tenjinbashisuji shopping street in the city of Osaka, where the use of bicycles has been ...

Used 'mamachari' popular in London

Nov 15, 2013

Used 'mamachari' popular in London

by William Hollingworth

Almost every Japanese household has one and they are an ever-present sight outside of shops and railway stations. Japan’s most common bicycle, the “mamachari” (literally mom’s bike), is used by people of all ages for short trips around the neighborhood. But now these utility ...

Vienna embraces the culture of the bicycle

Jun 22, 2013

Vienna embraces the culture of the bicycle

by Tracy Mcveigh

On the Praterstern, where cars, buses and trams converge from several busy streets on a road that loops around Vienna’s central train station, a new digital counter stands under the eye of the Riesenrad Ferris wheel. It’s about the size of a bus stop ...

Cyclists who flout law face charges

| Feb 4, 2013

Cyclists who flout law face charges

by Mizuho Aoki

Traffic accidents have witnessed an overall decline in recent years, but the percentage of cases involving bicycles is on the rise. National Police Agency data show bicycles were involved in 20.8 percent of all traffic accidents in 2011, up 18.5 percent from 2001.

Jan 23, 2013

Wayward cyclists face clampdown

The Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office will start pressing criminal charges against cyclists who repeatedly ignore red lights amid a growing number of traffic accidents involving bicycles. The decision, announced Monday, takes effect this month. Until now, Tokyo cyclists have rarely been charged for ...