Violations involving reckless cyclists rising in Japan

Japan is considering changing road traffic violation punishments for cyclists after it was revealed that almost 4,000 violations took place across the country last year.

According to a nationwide survey by the National Police Agency, 3,956 violations by cyclists were logged in 2011, TBS reported Friday.

About 32.2% of the violations involved riders with brakeless “piste bikes,” also known as “fixed brake bikes” or “fixies” on public roads. In Japan, the law requires that bicycles have both front and rear brakes. Failure to install both before riding on a public road is punishable by a fine of up to 50,000 yen.

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