Pictured at right is one of the bike lanes Kyoto has created on sidewalks of wide boulevards.
It doesn't take a city planner or a transportation expert to realize the many problems inherent in this set up.
First, there is nothing separating pedestrian traffic - the left side of the pavement, which is grayish patterned brick - and the bike "lane" at right.
Second, vendors have set up tables in the lane.
Third, the local Fresco supermarket encourages customers to park in the lane. Several of those bikes can be seen; however, just behind this 15 - 20 bikes were lined up and parked in the purple lane.
Last, as a result of all of this, cyclists will and do ride on the pedestrian part of the sidewalk.