Now the Times Is Just Rubbing It In

2_1_10_japan.jpgPhoto: Times

Here at LA Streetsblog, we spend a lot of time looking at some of the bicycle and pedestrian designs from around the world and going "why not us?"  Budapest.  Copehnagen.  Beijing.  Heck, even Tempe and Baltimore are doing better when it comes to supporting cyclists.

Well, thanks to the Times, we have a new city to add to the list.  The above picture is from an article about Japanese government attempts to clean up the Red Light District of Tokyo.  Note the great bike lane, even if someone is walking through it.

Hat Tip to reader Erick G.

  • Unfortunately, that’s just more evidence of cyclists going through red lights.

  • Cyclists ride to a beat of their own drum in Japan. A fellow I know through the bike trade put up an excellent slideshow about the differences:

    http://www.bakfiets-en-meer.nl/2009/11/20/japan-a-land-i-love-but-just-dont-understand/

    When anyone whips out the “stop sign running red light diobeying cyclists” routine, I hit ’em with the “When was the last time you drove UNDER the speed limit for the entirety of your trip?”

  • Brent

    Seoul, South Korea has an extensive network of lanes, most of which were unused when I visited last year. What I found interesting, however, is that many of the marked lanes went right up the middle of the sidewalk.

  • Also, note the yellow strip on the ground? It’s to guide the blind with their canes. I see it all around europe, south america, and apparently they have it in asia too. Why isnt it standard in the US?

  • “”When was the last time you drove UNDER the speed limit for the entirety of your trip?””

    I drive under the speed limit and I fear for my life sometimes.

  • David Galvan

    I drive over the speed limit almost every time I get on the freeway. . . along with everyone else.

  • … and yet bicyclists are the scofflaws?

  • David Galvan

    I didn’t say bicyclists were scofflaws. (By the way, I am both a driver and a cyclist. I’m also a transit rider.)

    Seriously, though, let me know the next time you get on a freeway around here outside of rush hour and find that everyone is not going over 65 mph. Most of the time, if you are going under 70, you are in the slow lane and/or people are doing everything they can to get around you.

    I’m not trying to excuse that behavior. I’m just pointing out that most people do indeed “scoff” at certain regulations in the interest of what they feel is the most reasonable course of action. In some cases on long stretches of freeway, I really don’t think it’s that big a deal to go 70-75 instead of 65. When riding my bicycle on a low-traffic residential street where I can see a long distance in the perpendicular street I am approaching, I look both ways, make sure its safe, and roll through the stop sign.

    Both of those behaviors are technically illegal. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they are completely unreasonable.

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