Along the southern edge of Nijo Castle a bike "lane" has sprouted.
It is yet another joke, a bad joke, perpetrated by the geniuses in Kyoto City Hall. (Actually, the joke is the work of the Department of Construction, Bicycle Planning Division, which in Japanese is: 京都市役所建設局自転車政策課).
The city has painted the words "Bike Lane" on the street. That's it.
Paired with a flimsy police sign telling cyclists that they must ride on the left side of the street, it does not make for a compelling ride.
And, of course, trucks and taxis were parked in the lane.
On the return trip, we rode the lane on the other side, and once again taxis were idling in the lane.