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  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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  • by スポンサードリンク


Cycling Becoming Trendy in Japan

  In recent years, bicycling to work is gradually catching on in Japan. It is practical as being energy-efficient, environmental, and healthy. I believe that Japan should develop its biking infrastructure and clear rules for cyclists. We should show a good example for prospering Asian countries.                                                                                                                                         In terms of the number of bicycles per capita, the Netherlands tops the world, followed by Germany, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The top 5 are dominated by Europe. Japan is ranked 6th. The U.S. is 11th, and China is 17th.                                                                                           China used to be a bicycle mecca. During rush hour, the roads were flooded with bicycles. However, its government has since placed great emphasis on the car industry. Cars have multiplied, which has contributed to the infamous air pollution known as PM 2.5. In Beijing, lung cancer patients have increased by 60% in the last decade.                                                                                                As ASEAN countries flourish, an increasing number of citizens have cars, which results in heavy traffic congestion and air pollution.                                                                                        India is also rapidly developing. In the capital, New Deli, PM 2.5 is 3 times thicker than in China.                                                                                                Japan has not yet developed improvements in cycling infrastructure. I believe that main streets should be fully equipped with modern bike lanes.                                                                                      The laws and regulations have not been modernized either. Cyclists are allowed to wade their way on the roadway and the sidewalk. A high-school cyclist whizzed by on the sidewalk and killed an old woman.                                                                                      I don’t believe that cycling on the sidewalk should be prohibited in all cases. For example, mothers with small children in safety seats and seniors use bicycles to run errands. They should cycle on the pavement, not the road. On the sidewalk, I believe, the speed should be limited to 8 km/hour, double the speed of walking.                                                                                      Motorized bicycles are popular among seniors. Such bicycles stop motoring over 25 km/hour. However, for cycling, 25 km/h is too speedy. In my opinion, the motoring should be limited to 10 km/h.                                                                                      Whether one should be obliged to wear a helmet is debatable. It is pointed out in Europe that requiring cyclists to wear a helmet may discourage people from cycling. In fact, there are ladies in Japan who hate wearing a helmet because they don’t want messy hair. And, slow cyclists on the sidewalk don’t have to wear a helmet. Hence, for the time being, wearing a helmet should be recommended, but not required by law.                                                                                      In Japan, social expenditure has been increasing. We can expect cycling to improve public health and curb medical costs. The Japanese government should develop improvements and regulations to promote cycling.                                


  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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  • 18:54
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  • by スポンサードリンク


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