This spring work will begin on a "bike lane" on Oike Dori, one of Kyoto's main boulevards.
The sidewalk on Oike, which fronts Kyoto City Hall, is very wide on both sides of the street. The city already has painted a bike "lane" on the sidewalk adjacent to the street.
However, by the end of March a new clearer lane should be complete.
At a cost of $696,000 (US), the city will paint wider, clearer separation lines that stretch from the Kamo River to Horikawa Dori on both the north and south sides of the street. The total distance is 1.75 kilometers (a bit more than a mile).
The lanes will be noted with bike symbols, upright signs, and a thick white lane on the pavement to separate the bike lane from the larger remaining area of the sidewalk for pedestrians.
Alas, however, there will be no barrier. That means the effect will not be that different from what already exists (see photo above). Irresponsible cyclists will inevitably end up in the pedestrian lane, and clueless pedestrians will chat and stroll in the cycling lane.
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