The Tokyo Metropolitan Government released a statement concerning the swarming bicycles outside the Tokyo Station. These bicycles, considered to be more of loitering rather than parking, are said to come from housing establishments from surrounding areas. In order to avoid more bicycles parked outside Tokyo Station, the local government announced plans to prohibit cyclists parking wherever they wish.
Although commuting by bicycle is considered sustainable and environment-friendly, the myriad of bikes found on the streets of Marunouchi have become more of a troublesome issue. The local government said that there are 1,600 more riders that roam the area. A lot of bicycles are also found left in front of the station. In order to avoid more cyclists from coming and leaving their bikes carelessly, the local government will soon impose a ban on bicycles being parked beyond the designated areas in Yurakucho and Otemachi.
Most of the riders are said to be on their way to work. Thus, a plan to educate individuals, as well as companies, has been considered. They will be taught with the importance of parking discipline and its effect on the city’s aesthetics. In addition, the metropolitan government announced that 750 parking facilities will be added next year, which will involve JR East and JR Tokai.
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