The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has been advancing the establishment of bicycle navigation marks on the left side of roads and bicycle navigation lines at intersections to promote safe cycling.
Bicycle navigation mark/bicycle navigation line patterns
Meaning of bicycle navigation marks/bicycle navigation lines
They specify the area and direction in which a bicycle should travel.
Bicycles should travel in the direction the arrows are pointing. (Bicycles cannot travel in the opposite direction).
Bicycle navigation marks/bicycle navigation lines are not stipulated by law, and they do not signify the designation of a new traffic system. (Bicycles must follow traffic regulations as stipulated by the law or by road signs.)
Examples of bicycle navigation marks and how bicycles should travel
On a road
On a road with side strips
On a road with bicycle lanes
Examples of bicycle navigation lines and how bicycles should travel
Bicycles should travel in the direction in which the arrows are pointing. (Bicycles cannot travel in the opposite direction).
Bicycles traveling on roads should follow vehicle traffic signals coming up ahead.
Examples of bicycle navigation marks/bicycle navigation lines
Examples of bicycle navigation marks
Examples of bicycle navigation lines
Bicycle navigation marks/bicycle navigation lines do not indicate that bicycles have the right of way or imply other legal protections for bicycles. Even if you are cycling on roads or entering intersections with bicycle navigation marks/bicycle navigation lines, you should still be very careful of cars and pedestrians.
In addition, when avoiding cars parked on the road, be sure to check whether any cars are approaching from behind you.
When entering a road or pedestrian sidewalk, be very careful of cars and pedestrians, and make sure to cycle safely.
When cycling on a pedestrian sidewalk
Cycling on a pedestrian sidewalk is never the norm. Pedestrians have the right of way, and bicycles should travel slowly and keep to the side near the road.
Even on roads that have bicycle navigation marks, a bicycle can travel on a pedestrian sidewalk
- when sidewalks have this road sign
- when the cyclist is younger than 13 or 70 and older
- when the cyclist has a physical disability
- when traveling on sidewalks is unavoidable for safety reasons.
On the sidewalk, bicycles must travel slowly while keeping to the side near the road, and come to a stop if proceeding would interfere with pedestrian traffic.
When driving a car, be sure to pay close attention to bicycles traveling on the road, especially to bicycles on your left when you are turning left at an intersection.
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