Japanese authorities may be regretting their wholehearted encouragement for commuters to use bicycles instead of drive cars.
1. LV Two cyclists in Tokyo street. 0.05
2. SV PAN DOWN Exterior of Kunitachi railway station. 0.10
3. GV & CUs Bicycles parked around railway station, on roadways and footpaths. (4 SHOTS) 0.32
4. GV PAN Cyclist entering huge cycle park. 0.42
5. LV & CUs Cyclists arriving at cycle-park and looking for parking spaces. (5 SHOTS) 1.28
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Background: TOKYO, JAPAN
Japanese authorities may be regretting their wholehearted encouragement for commuters to use bicycles instead of drive cars. The scheme to promote cycle-riding began during the 1973 oil crisis and last year, the Japanese government designated May as "cycling month". Now, however, there are more than 60 million bicycles in use in Japan and there are not enough spaces to park them all. The area around the Kunitachi railway station in Tokyo is typical. Hundreds of cycles are parked on footpaths and roadways nearby; blocking alleyways as commuters ride to railway stations and leave them there as they catch trains to work. The cycle parking areas are filled to overflowing. In a bid to stem the growing cycle tide, authorities have launched a campaign asking their constituents to leave home 15 minutes earlier than usual and walk to rail stations. This campaign, unlike its predecessor to promoted cycling, has met with little success.
Source: REUTERS - KIMIAKI TANAKA