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Bicycle lane planning: a site appraisal in Fukuoka, Japan


Ab. Rahman, Syakir Amir and Mahamod, Lukman Hakim and Ismail, Muhammad Afiq Hakimi and Wan Mansor, Wan Muhammad Hafizi and Sharit, Safwan and Zukrey, Muhammad Hafizi and Hanafi, Muhammad Hafizuddin and Mohammad Aidid, Muhammad Alif Khidhir and Asmawi, M. Zainora and Ponrahono, Zakiah and Najib, Nor Nadiah (2021) Bicycle lane planning: a site appraisal in Fukuoka, Japan. Geografia: Malaysian Journal of Society & Space, 17 (3). 76 - 90. ISSN 2180-2491; ESSN: 2682-7727


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.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Forestry and Environment
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.17576/geo-2021-1703-06
Publisher: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Press
Keywords: Bicycle; Bicycle lane planning; Fukuoka; Japan
Depositing User: Ms. Nuraida Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2023 03:14
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2023 03:14
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/96202
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