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Rules for Riding Bikes in Japan

Cop ticketing kid in Japan. photo credit – blasdelf

Here’s one downside to bicycles becoming ubiquitous on the streets: with more people using them, governments are more likely to legislate them.

Take this story from Japan:

Japan has new cycling rules come into force this spring that ban cyclists from from holding an open umbrella, listening to music, or talking on a phone. Kids have to wear helmets, and “triple riding”- riding with children in both front and rear seats- is now illegal. Oh, and constantly ringing a bicycle bell while riding on a crowded sidewalk is a no-no. All with fines up to 20,000 yen. (US$183)

Via TreeHugger.