Riding a Bicycle in Japan

 

A bicycle is an eco-friendly, convenient, and healthy means of transportation, but if you don't obey the traffic rules you may have or cause a serious or even fatal accident – don't make the mistake of thinking that bicycle accidents are trivial matters.
If you cause an accident while riding a bicycle, you will face criminal charges. If you injure somebody in the accident, you will also be liable to pay compensation for damages. There was once a case where a cyclist had to pay over 50 million yen in compensation for injury caused by a bicycle accident.
Please obey Japanese traffic rules and ride your bicycle safely.

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