Bicycle lane planning : a site appraisal in Fukuoka, Japan

Syakir Amir Ab Rahman, and Lukman Hakim Mahamod, and Muhammad Afiq Hakimi Ismail, and Wan Muhammad Hafizi Wan Mansor, and Safwan Sharit, and Muhammad Hafizi Zukrey, and Muhammad Hafizuddin Hanafi, and Muhammad Alif Khidhir Mohammad Aidid, and M. Zainora Asmawi, and Zakiah Ponrahono, and Nor Nadiah Najib, (2021) Bicycle lane planning : a site appraisal in Fukuoka, Japan. Geografia : Malaysian Journal of Society and Space, 17 (3). pp. 76-90. ISSN 2180-2491


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Cycling is one of the most sustainable modes to commute from one place to another. However, not everyone views bicycles as a fundamental component of the overall transportation system because presently, societies are heavily reliant on private vehicles. In reality, most see it only as a tool for recreational and exercise purposes. This paper seeks to identify the planning and design of bicycle lanes in Fukuoka, Japan. The research applies the site appraisal technique which involves gathering information about comparable site values within four areas i) Hakata station, ii) Ohori Park and Nishi Park, iii) Island city and iv) Fukuoka residential area. The findings identified various policies, guidelines and designs for bicycle infrastructure in Japan. There are significant differences between bicycle road, bicycle lane and sidewalks in Japan and Malaysia. Some of the findings show that Japan is gearing towards an even more bicycle friendly environment with the promulgation of the Promotion of Bicycle Use Act. However, there are also some setbacks such as the ineffectiveness of colored lanes to differentiate between bicycle lanes and pedestrian or vehicle lanes. Malaysia needs a blueprint and guidelines at the state and local levels to designate bicycle lanes and guarantee users’ safety and enjoyment. A specific unit for cycling in transportation related agencies is proposed to make Malaysia a bicycle-friendly city.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Bicycle; Bicycle lane planning; Fukuoka; Japan
Journal:Geografia ; Malaysian Journal of Society and Space
ID Code:18104
Deposited By: ms aida -
Deposited On:17 Feb 2022 07:05
Last Modified:21 Feb 2022 01:17

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