The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) initiated an experiment back in March at two traffic intersections in Tokyo. The test would be for the use of guidance lines for bicycles. Based on the experiment, more cyclists have made use of the lines.
The MLIT collaborated with the Metropolitan Police Department and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to carry out the test. The intersections involved were painted with arrows in blue that would guide cyclists where to ride and cross. Results have shown that more bicycle riders follow the guide arrows instead of taking the sidewalks.
From February through July, between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM, the Sengoku Icchome intersection in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward had an increase of cyclists taking the left side of the inbound car lane of Hakusan Dori Avenue. The increase was from 51% to 81%. As for those who use the sidewalks, the decrease was from 39% to 16%. In Minato Ward’s Fudanotsuji intersection, cyclists taking the lane for bicycles have increased from 26% to 53%, while those who keep using the sidewalks have gone from 33% to 19%.
With the improvement resulting from the use of guidance lines, Professor Tetsuo Yai, the project’s chairman from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, said, “Road usage increased at Sengoku thanks to the bicycle lane and other measures. We should spread this success to other areas.” There are also other lanes set for bicycles besides those at the intersections at Bunkyo and Minato wards.