Rules For Riding Bikes in Japan


Cop ticketing kid in Japan. photo credit blasdelf
Controversy rages whenever we post about headphones and helmets on bikes, but in Japan it won't be open to discussion; new cycling rules come into force this spring that ban cyclists from from holding an open umbrella, listening to music, or talking on a phone.

Kids have to wear helmets, and "triple riding"- riding with children in both front and rear seats- is now illegal. Oh, and constantly ringing a bicycle bell while riding on a crowded sidewalk is a no-no. All with fines up to 20,000 yen. (US$183) ::Asahi via ::Tokyomango