What if You Wanted to Buy a Bicycle in Japan?
It was a great time to inform me that my friend A was there last winter. She finally found her favorite house and moved to Meguro Ward, Tokyo. The new house has a large space and low rent, and the water and electricity bills are already included in the rent. However, it is far from the station and it takes about 30 minutes to walk to the nearest station. If you add the time to board the train, it will take more than 2 hours just to commute to work. More difficult than that is to run to the station on a sleep-deprived morning so you will not be late. So, at the end, A decided to buy a bicycle one week after moving.
Bicycle riding is quite common in Japan. but as a new comer, what are the things we should be careful about when purchasing and riding bike in Japan?
【Be sure to check the lights and crime prevention registration when buying a bicycle】
As the number of users increases, the Japanese government has also established various rules and penalties for driving bicycles. The rule that lights up at night is the most violated rule.
I have this kind of experience when I was in my home country. At night, I rode a motorcycle and stopped at a red light at an intersection. I wanted to get home early, looked around, decided that there was no police, and started going through the intersection before the traffic light changed. At that moment, police came out somewhere and cracked down on a traffic violation. I have seen this kind of so-called hidden crackdown experience in Japan. However, what I was driving was not a motorcycle, but a bicycle, and what I was in violation was not to start running at a red light, but to run on the road without turning on the lights at night. So when you buy a bicycle, be sure to ask the bicycle shop to install the light so that you will not be penalized.
In addition to installing lights, if you own a bicycle in Japan, you must be registered for crime prevention. A crime prevention registration is a registration that is not stolen and can be recovered even if it is stolen. Conversely, if you do not register, you may be suspected of stealing your bicycle. A friend of mine used to give me a bicycle, but I forgot to register for crime prevention. As a result, the police thought that someone had stolen the bicycle and returned it to my friend. Thus, when you buy a bicycle, be careful not to forget the crime prevention registration.
Then, how to process the crime prevention registration? If you buy a bicycle at the store, you can fill out the documents prepared by the store and complete the application for crime prevention registration. The fee is 500 yen. If you buy it online, you may be able to apply for crime prevention registration at a retail store or a home center near your house. If you cannot find a store where you can apply, ask a bicycle shop run by an individual near your house and you may be able to do so. However, depending on the store, you may be refused, so it is better to ask by phone before going to the bicycle shop.
If you want to apply for crime prevention registration after buying a bicycle, please prepare the following items:
● Proof of purchase or manufacturer's warranty certificate
● Car license or health insurance card
● Residence card
● If used bicycle , Certificate of bicycle transfer from the previous owner
【Earphones are prohibited while driving】
Before I came to Japan, one of my favorite sports was riding a bicycle while listening to music with earphones. However, since I came to Japan, I can no longer ride my bicycle and wear earphones. Unfortunately, in Japan, where bicycles are widespread, by prohibiting the use of earphones while driving, drivers can pay attention to road conditions and reduce the number of traffic accidents.
【Double carries not allowed】
Bicycles are basically for one person. Double carries are prohibited in many prefectures with the following exceptions: If you violate it, you will be fined about 20,000 yen. (Exception: When a child under the age of 6 is put on an infant seat.)
【Bicycles must be parked in bicycle parking lots】
Due to the widespread use of bicycles, bicycle parking lots can be found everywhere in Japan. So if you want to stop your bicycle, be sure to park it at the bicycle parking lot. If you don't, you will still be lucky to get a warning and you may even be moved to a wrecker.
It is common to commute to school or commute to school in Japan, but according to the data, bicycle drivers have one traffic accident every six months. Everyone should follow the rules and drive a bicycle correctly.