"Safe Riding Rule Book for Bicycle Users"

You must obey the traffic rules even when you are permitted to travel on a sidewalk.

Traveling on sidewalks by ordinary bicycles

Traveling on sidewalks by ordinary bicycles

In the following cases, a bicycle is permitted to travel on a sidewalk.
●Where there is a traffic sign permitting bicycle use.
●Where cyclists are
 ・children under 13 years old;
 ・the elderly above 70 years old; or
 ・the physically disabled.
●Where a bicycle cannot travel safely in a road because roadwork, parked cars or heavy traffic hinder the safe movement.

I can ride my bicycle on a side walk, too!

Traveling on sidewalks by ordinary bicycle

Paragraph 2, Article 63-4 of the Road Traffic Law

Punishment: a fine of 20,000 yen or less
●When on a sidewalk, a bicycle shall move on the half portion of the sidewalk to the road way side.
●When on a sidewalk, a bicycle shall move at such a reduced speed as to be able to stop immediately.
●A bicycle shall stop whenever the travel of pedestrians is impeded.
●A bicycle shall pass on a designated portion if there is a bicycle lane designated for the bicycle use.
●Where there is a bicycle lane designated for the bicycle use, use the lane. If no pedestrians are on the sidewalk, a bicycle shall pass on the sidewalk in a safe manner according to the road condition.

● When on a sidewalk, a bicycle shall move on the half portion of the sidewalk to the road way    side. ● When on a sidewalk, a bicycle shall move at such a reduced speed as to be able to stop        immediately. ● A bicycle shall stop whenever the travel of pedestrians is impeded. ● A bicycle shall pass on a designated portion if there is a bicycle lane designated for the         bicycle use. ● Where there is a bicycle lane designated for the bicycle use, use the lane. If no pedestrians are    on the sidewalk, a bicycle shall pass on the sidewalk in a safe manner according to the road     condition.
Stop if a pedestrian is on your way on the sidewalk.