Byron Kidd, an expatriate Australian who works and bikes in the Tokyo area, has asked me to forward this appeal for petition signatures to a wider audience.
Although 16% of Tokyo commuters ride a bike to work, this 16th most populous city on the planet has only nine kilometers of cycle paths. Byron points out that many Tokyo bike commuters ride their bikes on sidewalks already crowded with pedestrian traffic.
The petition will be forwarded to the candidates running for governor of Tokyo. The election takes place February 9, 2014. Even if you cannot vote in the Tokyo elections, petition organizers believe it’s important to let the leaders of a world-class city know that cycling is an important topic.
Japan is preparing for the 2020 Summer Olympics, which will take place in Tokyo; the previous governor Naoki Inose was forced to resign in December after a financial politics scandal. The cycle petitioners note the international presence with the ’20 games and believe investing now in bike infrastructure and a cycle share program will cast Tokyo in a favorable, forward looking light.
Learn more at Tokyo By Bike.