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The Law in Reality
Tunnels have been enemy of Japanese cycle tourist for a long time. Older tunnels don't have sufficient space for a wide sidewalk and it's carriageway [or traffic lane] is often too narrow, so cyclists prefer steep detours rather than flat tunnels. Tunnels made more recently have wide sidewalks you can cycle on.
Anyway, make sure you can be seen. Have good powerful front lights and decent reflectors for tunnels.
There are narrow cycling roads, often along rivers, but many of them are confusing making it easy to get lost. Sometimes dirt surfaces suddenly appear. These trails are better suited for cyclists who live in Japan, using them for their daily training.
As for safety, be aware of there are different risks than on general roads. Pedestrians and ordinary bikers freely go where you would not expect them. Where general roads cut across cycling roads, car drivers tend to be careless. Cycling roads are a kind of lawless area. Please do not assume you are safe on a cycling track..
Many accidents on one-way roads
Almost all of Japanese one-way roads allow cyclists to legally ride along them the wrong way. But this causes confusion and accidents. Drivers tend to be careless when cyclists approach the wrong way or when they open their car doors.
Many of my friends have been involved in accidents when they rode the wrong way. If you do so, assume that drivers will not see you and ride slower.
Before you park and leave your bicycle keep in mind two things.
These two bits of advice will help avoid disappointment.
Carry your bike
Upon arrival at Narita or Kansai International Airport, which is the best way to get to your destination? In Japan, you are not allowed to bring your bike on public transport without taking it to pieces and storing it in a bike bag. es.
You have to do "Rinko", This means your bike must be put in some kind of bike bag before you bring your bike in a coach or train. You have to take off at least both wheels and place a frame between them to arrange your bike in this bag. This special bike bag costs around 5,000-8,000 yen in bike shops in Japan.
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uploaded:01, 09, 2009
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