Bicycle Rider Lecture System

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Bicycle Rider Lecture System
自転車運転者講習制度

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The Bicycle Rider Lecture System came into force on June 1, 2015. Under this system, cyclists who commit repeated traffic violations within a period of three years will be required to undertake a three-hour training course and pay a tuition fee of 5,700 yen.
The following 14 types of traffic violations are defined by the Government as dangerous behavior subject to the new System:

1. Ignoring traffic signals (Violation of Article 7 of the Traffic Law)

2. Riding in prohibited areas: riding through areas where road signs, etc. specify that cycling is prohibited (Violation of Article 8)

3. Riding unsafely on footpaths; riding on undesignated pedestrian roads (Violation of Article 9)

4. Riding in the wrong side of the road or footpath: riding where bicycles are prohibited, on the right side of the road, or the footpath on the right side of the road (Violation of Article 17)

5. Obstructing pedestrians: riding on a roadside where bicycles are permitted at a speed or in a way that obstructs pedestrians (Violation of Article 17-2)

6. Entering an active railway crossing: entering a railway crossing when the barriers are closed or closing, or when the alarm is ringing (Violation of Article 33)

7. Obstructing vehicles that have priority at an intersection (priority to the left, etc.): eg. blocking the path of vehicles coming from the left, or vehicles traveling along a road that has priority at an intersection with no traffic lights (Violation of Article 36)

8. Obstructing vehicles that have priority at an intersection (oncoming, left-turning vehicles): blocking oncoming cars which are driving straight or turning left, when turning right at an intersection (Violation of Article 37)

9. Riding unsafely through roundabouts: obstructing vehicles passing through a roundabout or not slowing down when entering a roundabout (Violation of Article 37-2)

10. Not obeying stop signs (Violation of Article 43): Riders are obliged to stop at stop lines.

11. Not slowing down when using pedestrian crossings (Article 63-4): When using a pedestrian crossing, riders must use the side closest to the roadway, ride slowly, without obstructing the passage of pedestrians.

12. Riding a bicycle with poor or no brakes (Article 63-9)

13. Riding a bicycle while intoxicated (Violation of Article 65)

14. Violation of the obligation to ride safely: failure to operate the handlebars, brakes, etc. reliably, and riding at such speed or in such a manner as could cause harm to others, eg. riding while using a mobile phone or holding an open umbrella (Violation of Article 70)

Not only should you keep your bicycle well-maintained, but it is also important to protect the safety of pedestrians. Please make every effort to observe the rules and ride safely.

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