Rules For Riding Bikes in Japan

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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

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