Bicycle parking

Commuting to the local train station by bicycle is common, but not all train stations have bicycle parking areas nearby, and when there is bicycle parking, it is often too small or inconveniently distant from the train station. As a result, many municipalities are plagued by illegally parked bicycles, obstructing traffic and pedestrians, which must be periodically removed. The Statistics Bureau of the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, and Posts and Telecommunications has found that Ikebukuro Station in Tokyo has the largest number of illegally parked bicycles at around 4,300 bicycles. This is followed by around 3,900 at Tenjin Station in Fukuoka; 3,500 at Kameido Station, Tokyo; 3,300 at Sugamo Station, Tokyo, and 2,800 at Kamata Station, Tokyo. These are all large train stations. In 1998, a total of 2.59 million illegally parked bicycles were removed.




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