• Osaka


Regarding Robert McKinney’s Sept. 13 letter, “Avoiding hazards of sidewalks“: I understand the frustration over Japanese cyclists and their love affair with riding on sidewalks. It puzzles me why a country that’s full of rules and customs for almost everything lacks any sort of rules — or enforcement of rules — against cycling on sidewalks. In the neighborhood where I live, it is impossible to enjoy a nice stroll without some cyclist flying by at top speed, ringing the bell or screeching the brakes. Maybe the police should stop focusing on catching dangerous foreigners and focus on the out-of-control cyclist population here in Japan.

sanduchi smith

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