Wearing a helmet will become mandatory for all cyclists in Japan from April 2023 onward, according to a recent Cabinet decision. The Japanese Cabinet on Dec. 20 approved a government ordinance to bring the revised Road Traffic Act into effect on April 1, 2023. All cyclists will from then on be obligated to try to follow the ordinance, though there will be no punishment for violations. Under the existing ordinance, guardians of children younger than 13 must try to have them wear a helmet when riding a bike, and the age range subjected to the rule will be expanded.
I think that is good news. I live in a university town where 99% of the students ride a bike. It will be funny if the President of the university requires helmets. Going to look like a whole new helmet landscape. I usually "try" to wear my helment due to the insurance payout agreement. It pays more if you wear the helmet.
Helmets to become mandatory for all cyclists in Japan from April 2023 - The MainichiTOKYO -- Wearing a helmet will become mandatory for all cyclists in Japan from April 2023 onward, according to a recent Cabinet decision.mainichi.jp
I'm all for helmets - but I am also for mandatory teaching of road laws and bicycle manners in conjunction. A helmet will help reduce injuries in an accident, but knowledge of how to act on the road can help reduce the chance of an accident.Not a fan of mandatory helmet laws. They were first introduced in my home state in Australia and the effect was stop large numbers of people from cycling. But I always use a helmet and have had a number of crashes where I was extremely grateful to do so. I would implore all cyclists to wear a helmet based on those experiences.
Having said that, I suspect this rule will be yet another that is strictly enforced until someone arbitrarily decides that it should be.
I was taught how to ride safely in primary school. We had special lessons with the police where we learnt to look over our shoulders for left turns, etc. (I was one of only four kids to fail … 😅😁) I don't know whether this is done in Japan. But they should.As BeerTengoku mentioned, and I do not know it it is done here, teaching bike handling at schools is a good way to improve the safety.
If you have a helmet, what's the harm of wearing it? IMHO the risk increases when you don't have proper cycling infrastructure, and we aren't as resilient as when we were kids.Otherwise, never wore an helmet outside of the road cycling habit, never had a crash since I was a kid, and those kid crashes were only a few bruises. Lucky maybe, but we never know what can happen, and every year here, a few do pass away after a bad hit on the head
Wait a month, and they'll release an even bigger version. I'm still sometimes amazed when life is more absurd than what I'd expect from a movie."Pepper spray for the school run? The weaponised SUV set to terrify America's streets" (Guardian), advertised with the slogan "Vengeance [on cyclists?] is yours [the owner/drivers']", thanks to electrified doorhandles, etc.
We spent several days on a special course that belonged to the police in addition to theoretical lessons. So that's not something parents can replicate easily. Since education is organized by the states, and I assume each school also has freedom to implement its curriculum, I don't know how universal that was. But I thought it was pretty useful. I'm still thinking about it as an adult.I was taught how to ride safely in primary school.
We did not have just lessons in France, only some traffic rules lessons where we were maybe taught orally how to safely ride a bike. I forgot. But no practical lesson for bike handling. This was considered as part of the parents responsibilities.
Now It seems that since 2022, measures have been implemented in France for each primary school to teach practically to the kids how to ride/handle a bike.
I honestly feel naked without a helmet on the bike. It's just like wearing a seat belt in the car, I simply got used to it and don't like the feeling of being without one.If you have a helmet, what's the harm of wearing it?
( Always an helmet on a road bike)
Organizers of the Tour de Kyushu 2023 are preparing to showcase Japan's southernmost main island as an attractive destination for global cycle tourism through the international multistage bicycle road race this autumn.
Top-level domestic and international bicycle racers are expected to participate in the race of more than 400 kilometers. It is planned to pass through such places as an area in Fukuoka prefecture that was seriously damaged by torrential rains a few years ago, the Kumamoto prefecture coal mining city of Omuta, designated as a World Heritage Site, and pass Mount Aso in Oita prefecture.
"The Tour de Kyushu will not be a mere international bicycle race because it is positioned as an event to create a sustainable future of Kyushu through public and private partnership," Sumio Kuratomi, chairman of the Kyushu Economic Federation and head of the Tour de Kyushu organizing committee, said at a gathering in the city of Fukuoka on Jan. 17 to introduce sponsors of the race.
"We will continue the event in and after 2024 and seek to run it eventually through all prefectures in Kyushu and Yamaguchi prefecture," which lies adjacent at the southern tip of Honshu, Kuratomi said.
Preparations are fully underway for the competition to be held from Oct. 6 to 9, with the first day set for an exhibition race in the Fukuoka prefecture city of Kitakyushu. The organizing committee expects 18 teams from Japan and abroad to participate.
The Tour de Kyushu is certified as an official Class 1 race by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the Switzerland-based international governing body in the sport of bicycle racing. The certification allows the organizing committee to invite up to half of the top-level professional racing teams belonging to the UCI's World Team category.
The committee thus will seek to invite popular teams. "If I am allowed to use the analogy of baseball, World Teams are equivalent to Major League Baseball clubs. We will call on the world's best teams to participate," said Ryuzo Nakaya, event director of the committee.
The Kyushu Regional Strategy Conference, set up by the Kyushu Governors' Association, the Kyushu Economic Federation and other economic organizations in the Kyushu region, began deliberations in 2019 and decided to host the bicycle race in order to promote cycle tourism and symbolize the region's rehabilitation from torrential rain damage in recent years.
Southern Japan aims to lure foreign cyclists through bike race
Southern Japan aims to lure foreign cyclists through bike racePreparations fully underway for Tour de Kyushu in Octoberasia.nikkei.com