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Use of Bicycles

Contents
▾Traffic Rules for Bicycles
▾ Parking Lots for Bicycles and Motorcycles
▾ Bicycle Sharing

Traffic Rules for Bicycles

●Let’s obey the traffic rules for bicycles
Thinking that you are safe on a bicycle and ignoring the traffic rules can lead to a major, or even fatal, accident. Although you do not need a license to ride a bicycle, if you do not obey the traffic rules, this is considered to be a traffic violation punishable (in some cases) by a fine or imprisonment.
●Ride on the left side of the road
As a rule, if there is a sidewalk for pedestrians, you should ride your bicycle on the street with other vehicles. In addition, you must generally ride on the left side of the road. (Violators may be imprisoned for three months or less or fined ¥50,000 or less.)
You can ride your bicycle on the sidewalk if there is a sign that says bicycles are permitted, however, bicycles must ride nearer to car traffic than pedestrians. In addition, if there are bicycle lanes, you must use them unless there are unavoidable circumstances. If there are no sidewalks, you can ride your bicycle on the side strip except when it would be an obstruction to pedestrians. In such cases, you should adjust your speed and the way you ride your bicycle so as not to get in the way of pedestrians. (Violators may be fined ¥20,000 or less.)
●Observe traffic signals and signs
(Violators may be imprisoned for three months or less or fined ¥50,000 or less.)
●Follow the rules for turning left or right
When making a right turn at an intersection, you must go straight to the opposite corner before turning right. If there is a traffic signal, obey the light of the signal in front of you; then be careful of the cars that are moving straight ahead. In addition, when making a left turn, you must slow down as you ride along the left side of the road and turn left. Be careful of any pedestrians who are crossing the street. (Violators may be fined ¥20,000 or less.)
●Park bicycles in parking lots for bicycles and motorcycles
●Check your bicycle for safety before riding it
●Ride your bicycle in a way that does not cause problems for pedestrians
When riding your bicycle, you must be conscious of safety for pedestrians. When riding on a sidewalk, leave enough space for pedestrians; if there is any chance of danger, stop first before proceeding. The roads are not for bicycles only. Be particularly careful not to cause problems for pedestrians when riding on sidewalks. (Violators may be fined ¥20,000 or less.)
●Turn on the front light of your bicycle when it is dim or dark outside
(Violators may be fined ¥50,000 or less.)
●Riding a bicycle while using an umbrella or cell phone is not permitted
(Violators may be fined ¥50,000 or less.)
●You must not ride your bicycle while under the influence of alcohol
(Violators may be imprisoned for five years or less or fined ¥1,000,000 or less.)
●Do not carry passengers on your bike
Bicycles must be ridden without passengers. (Violators may be fined ¥20,000 or less.) However, those who are 16 years of age or older may carry a passenger if that passenger is under 6 years of age and is placed in a seat for toddlers or is a child under 4 years of age and is strapped to the rider’s back with a belt or sling. A rider 16 years of age or older may also carry two toddlers if the bicycle meets safety standards for carrying two toddlers and has seats designed for them.
●When changing directions while riding, be sure to look back to check for safety before proceeding
●Have children wear helmets while they are on bicycles

Parking Lots for Bicycles and Motorcycles

Section in charge: Bicycle Countermeasures Section, Traffic Affairs Division
Inquiries: Ask at the parking lot for bicycles and motorcycles you plan to use
Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (closed on Sundays, national holidays, and year-end/New Year holidays)
Note: The Takadanobaba Station Daiichi Parking Lot is open from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. the following day (closed only during the New Year holidays). Takadanobaba Station Daini Parking Lot is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closed on Sundays, national holidays, and year-end/New Year hplidays)

Bicycles are a convenient means of transportation that anyone can use—you can carry luggage and widen your range of activity. However, if you leave your bicycle on the street, this obstructs pedestrian traffic and makes areas where crowds gather, such as station areas, particularly dangerous.
Shinjuku City has established parking lots for bicycles and motorcycles, on-street parking spaces for bicycles and motorcycles, and bicycle control areas on sidewalks near stations in the city. There are regular use and temporary use (one-day use or hourly use) services. Except for some parking lots, they are available on a 24-hour basis. Fees are charged, and the fee must be paid on the day of use for temporary use. For regular use, please apply with the parking lot you wish to use.
Please note that parking lots may be closed due to community events or construction.

●Parking Lots for Bicycles and Motorcycles
These are parking lots constructed within specific properties near train stations. There are also parking lots for motorcycles.

Name Inquiries and Remarks
Shinjuku-Nishiguchi Station
(Address: 7-1 Nishi-Shinjuku)
(Only hourly use for bicycles is permitted.)
Takadanobaba Station Daiichi
(Address: 4-10-2 Takadanobaba)
Takadanobaba Station Daiichi Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles
Tel: 03-5386-3310
(Both regular and temporary rentals are possible, for all types of vehicles.)
Takadanobaba Station Daini
(Address: 2-19 Takadanobaba)
Takadanobaba Station Daini Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles
Tel: 03-3368-4032
(For bicycles only)
Takadanobaba Station Daisan
(Address: 1-35 Takadanobaba)
Takadanobaba Station Daiichi Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles
Tel: 03-5386-3310
(Only bicycles and motorcycles 50 cc or less are permitted.)
Shin-Okubo
Station
(Address: 2-3 Hyakunin-cho)
Shin-Okubo Station Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles
Tel: 03-5285-4607
(Both regular and temporary rentals are possible, for all types of vehicles.)
Akebonobashi Station
(Address: 5 Kata-machi)
Akebonobashi Station Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles
Tel: 03-3226-4866
(For bicycles and motorcycles 50 cc or less, only one-day use is possible. For motorcycles over 50 cc, only hourly use is permitted.)
Kokuritsu-Kyogijo Station
(Address: 10 Kasumigaoka-machi)
Shinjuku Station West Exit Parking Center
Tel: 03-3340-0448
(Only regular parking for bicycles is permitted.)
Kagurazaka
Station
(Address: 104 Yarai-cho)
Kagurazaka Station Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles
Tel: 03-3267-0890
(For bicycles only)
Ushigome-Kagurazaka Station
(Address: 15 Tansu-machi)
Ushigome-Yanagicho Station
(Address: 1-10 and 2-6 Hara-machi)
Kagurazaka Station Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles
Tel: 03-3267-0890
(For bicycles, only regular use is permitted.)
Yotsuya Station
(Address: 1-5 Yotsuya)
(Only hourly use for bicycles is permitted.)
Shimo-Ochiai Station
(Address: 1-17 Kami-Ochiai)
Takadanobaba Station Daiichi Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles
Tel: 03-5386-3310
(Only bicycles and motorcycles 50 cc or less are permitted. For motorcycles 50 cc or less, only regular parking is available.)
Nishi-Shinjuku-Gochome Station
(Address: 4-5 Nishi-Shinjuku)
(Only hourly use for bicycles is permitted.)
Okubo Station
(Address: 2-24 Hyakunin-cho)
Shin-Okubo Station Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles
Tel: 03-5285-4607
(Only hourly use for bicycles is permitted.)
Nakai Station Minami
(Address: 2-20 Kami-Ochiai)
Nakai Station Kita Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles
Tel: 03-3954-6211
(Only bicycles and motorcycles 50 cc or less are permitted.)
Nakai Station Kita
(Address: 1-18 Kami-Ochiai)
Nakai Station Kita Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles
Tel: 03-3954-6211
(Both regular and temporary rentals are possible, for all types of vehicles.)

○Usage Fees

Category Regular Use
(1 Month)
Regular Use
(3 Months)
For Adults For Students For Adults For Students
Bicycles ¥1,800 ¥1,400 ¥5,000 ¥4,000
Motorcycles
(50 cc or less)
¥3,000 ¥2,400 ¥8,400 ¥6,600
Category Regular Use
(6 Months)
Regular Use
(1 Year)
For Adults For Students For Adults For Students
Bicycles ¥10,000 ¥8,000 ¥20,000 ¥16,000
Motorcycles
(50 cc or less)
¥16,800 ¥13,200 ¥33,600 ¥26,400
Category One-Day Use
Bicycles ¥100/day
Motorcycles
(50 cc or less)
¥200/day
Category Metered Parking
Bicycles ¥100/day
(Free for the first 2 hours)
Motorcycles
(50 cc or less)
¥100/hour
(Free for the first 2 hours)
Motorcycles
(over 50 cc)

●On-Street Parking Spaces for Bicycles and Motorcycles
These are parking lots with machines (racks) on the street near train stations. There are also parking lots for motorcycles.

Location Inquiries and Remarks
Higashi-Shinjuku Station Shin-Okubo Station Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles
Tel: 03-5285-4607
(Only regular use for bicycles is permitted.)
Shinjuku Station New South Exit (Only motorcycles are permitted.)
Sodai-dori Avenue (Only hourly use for bicycles and motorcycles 50 cc or less is permitted.)
Yotsuya Station Shinjuku Station West Exit Parking Center
Tel: 03-3340-0448
(For bicycles only)
Shinjuku Station
Toden Arakawa Line’s Waseda Station Takadanobaba Station Daiichi Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles
Tel: 03-5386-3310
(Only regular parking for bicycles is possible.)
Ochiai Station Takadanobaba Station Daiichi Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles
Tel: 03-5386-3310
(For bicycles only)
Yotsuya-Sanchome Station Akebonobashi Station Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles
Tel: 03-3226-4866
(For bicycles only)
Shinanomachi Station (Only hourly use for bicycles is permitted.)
Next to the City Office (Only motorcycles are permitted.)

○Usage Fees

Category Regular Use
(1 Month)
Regular Use
(3 Months)
For Adults For Students For Adults For Students
Bicycles ¥600 ¥500 ¥1,700 ¥1,400
Category Regular Use
(6 Months)
Regular Use
(1 Year)
For Adults For Students For Adults For Students
Bicycles ¥3,400 ¥2,800 ¥6,800 ¥5,600
Category Metered Parking
Bicycles ¥100/day
(Free for the first 2 hours)
Motorcycles (50 cc or less) ¥100/hour
(Free for the first 2 hours)
Motorcycles (over 50 cc)

●Bicycle Control Areas
These are temporary parking lots using part of the street. They can be used for regular-use parking for bicycles and motorcycles (50 cc or less).

Location Inquiries
Shinjuku Station Shinjuku Station West Exit Parking Center
Tel: 03-3340-0448
Ochiai-Minami-Nagasaki Station
Nishi-Shinjuku-Gochome Station
Shinjuku-Nishiguchi Station
Shinanomachi Station
Shinjuku-Gyoemmae Station
Yotsuya Station
Takadanobaba Station Takadanobaba Station Daiichi Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles
Tel: 03-5386-3310
Waseda Station
Iidabashi Station Kagurazaka Station Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles, Tel: 03-3267-0890
Wakamatsu-Kawada Station
(For bicycles only)
Ushigome-Kagurazaka Station
(For bicycles only)
Akebonobashi Station Akebonobashi Station Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles, Tel: 03-3226-4866
Ichigaya Station
Okubo Station Shin-Okubo Station Parking Lot for Bicycles and Motorcycles, Tel: 03-5285-4607

○Bicycle Control Area Handling Fees

Category Annual Fee
Bicycle ¥5,000
Motorcycle (50 cc or less) ¥8,000

●Yearly Application for Parking Spaces
Each year for about a month starting in January, you can apply to use parking lots and on-street parking spaces for bicycles and motorcycles as well as bicycle control areas during the following fiscal year. For details, please read the municipal newsletter or visit the city’s website. To apply and register after the period above, please inquire at the specific parking lot or parking area you plan to use. These facilities are listed in the Inquiries section found in each table.

●Removal of Illegally Parked Bicycles and Motorcycles
With the increase in the use of bicycles, illegally parked bicycles that obstruct traffic have become a social problem across Japan. Shinjuku City removes and stores bicycles and motorcycles that are left on the street near station areas. To reclaim your bicycle, you must pay a handling fee.

○Fee to Have a Bicycle/Motorcycle Returned

Bicycles Motorcycles
(50 cc or less)
Motorcycles
(over 50 cc)
¥3,000 ¥5,000 ¥8,000

Bicycle Sharing

The bicycle-sharing system allows you to borrow and return bicycles at any of several “cycle ports” (bicycle borrow/return locations) within the community, typically on a 24-hour basis. You can use any of the cycle ports in Shinjuku, Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato, Bunkyo, Koto, and Shibuya cities (as of February 1, 2018).

●How to Use the Service
1. Membership registration
Have your credit card and mobile phone (that can receive e-mail) handy and you can apply on the bicycle sharing website.

2. Borrow a bicycle
Designate (reserve) a bicycle at a cycle port via the website. You will receive a four-digit passcode via e-mail. Input the code in the bicycle panel to unlock the bicycle.
Note: You can also borrow a bicycle by registering your IC card (such as your Suica or Pasmo) as a card key.

3. Temporary parking
Lock the bicycle manually. If you input the four-digit passcode, the bicycle will automatically unlock.

4. Return the bicycle
Lock the bicycle manually and press the “Enter” button on the bicycle panel to complete return procedures. You will receive confirmation via e-mail that you have completed the return.

○Fees

Plan Basic Fee
(tax not included)
Extension Fee
(tax not included)
Monthly membership ¥2,000 per month
First thirty minutes: Free of charge
For each additional thirty minutes: ¥100
One-trip membership ¥150 for first thirty minutes For each additional thirty minutes: ¥100
One-day pass ¥1,500 per day Not applicable
Monthly membership (corporate) ¥2,000 per month
First thirty minutes: Free of charge
For each additional thirty minutes: ¥100
Regular member (corporate) ¥4,000 per month Not applicable

Note: You can pay by a credit card, etc. that you list at the time you register for membership.

●One-Day Pass
You can obtain a one-day pass without registering for membership. You can purchase this pass at an unstaffed registration machine (a credit card or transportation IC card is required) or a one-day pass vending location (some form of personal ID is required). Besides the basic fee, a separate fee of ¥500 (tax not included) for issuing a special IC card is required at a one-day pass vending location.

Information on how to use the bicycle ports and their locations is provided on the bicycle-sharing website.
URL: http://docomo-cycle.jp/tokyo-project/en_index.html
Inquiries: Customer Support Desk, DoCoMo Bikeshare Inc. Tel: 0120-116-819

April 1, 2018