Sep 1, 2016

Cycling fatalities drop 14.7% under revised law

Deaths related to cycling accidents have declined 14.7 percent since the road traffic law was revised a year ago, the National Police Agency said Thursday. During the one-year period through May, 517 cyclists died in accidents, down 89 from a year earlier, as the ...

Nagano ski resort tries out downhill snow biking

Feb 18, 2016

Nagano ski resort tries out downhill snow biking

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Faced with dwindling numbers of skiers, a Japanese ski resort is pointing people toward downhill mountain biking. A nighttime event showcasing the slippery sport on New Year’s Eve at the Togari Onsen ski resort in Iiyama, Nagano Prefecture, drew 55 participants. The spectators ranged ...

Jul 29, 2015

Rider of brakeless bike is first to get safety course summons

Osaka’s public safety commission will order a 29-year-old man to attend a bicycle safety lecture after repeated road violations, in the first such case following a legal revision last month, police said Wednesday. The man, a resident of Osaka’s Taisho Ward, was given traffic ...

Racer-turned-mechanic makes top-grade bikes

Nov 5, 2013

Racer-turned-mechanic makes top-grade bikes

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Yoshiaki Nagasawa has a list of customers who favor bicycles handmade for them, including Koichi Nakano, a former professional bicycle racer and 10-time world champion track sprinter. While bicycles made by Nagasawa cost ¥200,000 to ¥300,000, he says, “I don’t think even ¥500,000 is ...

Oct 16, 2013

Insurers diversify policies to meet demand from bicyclists

Bicycle insurance products have diversified as cyclists use their bikes for an increasing range of activities, thus raising the risk of accidents. Insurance firms have stepped up sales of policies with large payouts, such as ¥100 million, in response to demand for steep damages ...

Cyclists warned on new left side rule

Sep 27, 2013

Cyclists warned on new left side rule

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Many cyclists may be unaware that a ban on riding against the flow of traffic will take effect by the end of the year to curb an increasing number of bicycle-related accidents, police warned Friday. Under the revised Road Traffic Law, which will take ...

Nagoya commuters get their cycle on

| Jul 26, 2013

Nagoya commuters get their cycle on

Nagoya is seeing a growing number of “tsukinists,” a term coined for those who commute to work by bicycle, pointing to the public’s higher awareness of environmental and personal health issues. The city has also shown its support for tsukinists — the word is ...