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December 2007

Enjoy Walking the City Experiment Questionnaire Results Released

31 December 2007

Kyoto City has released the results of a questionnaire for the Enjoy Walking the City Experiment held in October 2007. During the experiment period, Shijo Street was free of private cars. Only buses and taxies could use the road. As a result, the number of cars decreased by over 40% and the number of people walking on Shijo increased by more than 20%. More than 7,000 bicycles were parked in the temporary free bicycle parking areas set up along Shijo for the experiment. Though the experiment was considered to be a success there were some problems. For example, how could local residents and shops access their homes and shops in their private cars, and where could large bicycle parking areas be set up. After the experiment, roughly 60% of the local residents, 90% of the visitors and 50% of business owners filled out a questionnaire to determine if this project would be feasible for the future on a regular basis. Based on these results, the city will try to put the project into regular practice in about three years time. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Traffic Project Section: Tel: 075-222-3483.

Simulated Electronic Voting Carried Out in Kamigyo and Higashiyama Wards

31 December 2007

February 17th, Sunday is the election day to elect the next mayor of Kyoto City. Voting stations will be open from 7:00 to 20:00. People who canít vote on this day can arrange for early voting between February 4th, Mon. and 16th, Sat.. The city has installed a simulation of an electronic voting system in Kamigyo and Higashiyama wards. People can vote simply by touching the name of the candidate on the screen. Voice instruction is available for people have eye problems. Electronic voting systems saves time and prevent faulty vote counting, etc. The simulation project will be available until February 1st, between 8:30 and 17:00, except for Sundays and national holidays at Kamigyo and Higashiyama ward offices. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Board of Elections: Tel: 075-241-9250.

Nijo Castle Garden New Year Special Opening

25 December 2007

The gardens at Nijo Castle are open from January 2nd to 4th, 2008, from 10:00 to 16:00 (visitors must enter the castle compound by 15:00). During these three days, people can enjoy the attractions of the castleís special exhibition hall as well as a traditional tea ceremony. An excellent Japanese drum performance will be held on the 3rd and 4th. Entry is 400 yen for adults and 200 yen for children (under 18). People dressed in kimono will be allowed to enter the castle for free. A 100 yen ticket is required to enter the exhibition hall. The tea ceremony is 700 yen per adult. Visit one of Kyotoís best-loved World Heritage Sites on New Yearís day. For further information, contact Nijo Castle: Tel: 075-841-0096.

Kyoto City Zoo New Yearís Special Opening

25 December 2007

The Kyoto City Zoo will be open on January 2nd and 3rd, from 9:00 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00). Entry is 500 yen for adults and 300 yen for children (12-15 years old). Popular animals are Ryu-o (the newly born baby giraffe), Manmaru (mandrill), Grandpa Paul (an old polar bear), etc. Visit the Kyoto City Zoo with your family and meet all the animals. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Zoo: Tel: 075-771-0210.

Garbage Collecting Welfare Service Started from January 14th

10 December 2007

Kyoto City will start a new garbage colleting service from January 14th. Special municipal staff will come to the entrance of old or physically challenged people's house to collect garbage. All four kinds of garbage (general household garbage, can, bottles and pet bottles, plastic and small metal garbage) will be collected once each week. As an optional service, for safety purposes, a staff member will call registered service users in the event they have not required garbage service for a while.
The service is available for people over 65 years of age, or the physically challenged who have difficulty taking their garbage out. Garbage collection is free of charge but a service assessment meeting is necessary in advance. Please enquire through your cleaning office or care attendant office. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Urban Cleaning Promotion Section: Tel: 075-213-4960.

Small Bus Service Started in Southwestern Kyoto from January 16th

10 December 2007

Kyoto City will start a new small bus services in the southwestern part of the city from January 16th. The bus route will be changed due to the extension of the Tozai subway line. Based on the successful testing of the service since July 2005, the small bus and jumbo taxi service will go into regular operation on this day.
Specifically, to handle the traffic from the two new subway stations, the new #70 bus will connect Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station with Hankyu's Katsura Stationís east exit (for easy access to Osaka, Kobe, etc.). It is expected that the number of people who will use the line will be increase dramatically, thereby allowing the increased service of small buses (as opposed to jumbo taxis) on all six routes. The city will make further efforts to provide a better traffic environment for citizens. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Traffic Bureau: Tel: 075-822-9140.

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