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September 2007

‘Enjoy Walking in the City’ Pilot Program

28 September 2007

From October 5th to 14th, Kyoto City will carry out a new pilot program, ‘Enjoy Walking in the City’. The program aims to provide a comfortable traffic environment for pedestrians and public transportation systems. From the 12th to 14th, the sidewalks on Shijo Street will be expanded and the road will only be open to buses and taxies. The traffic regulation will be put into place between Teramachi and Higashinotoin, and a section of Higashinotoin Street will become a one-way street (for northbound traffic). From the 9th to 14th, temporary bicycle parking spaces will be available for free. City staff will take away illegally parked bicycles to provide better waling environment. To decrease the confusion, some bus stops will be combined and the 100 yen circulation bus service will be increased on the 13th and 14th. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Traffic Planning Section at 075-222-3483.

Separate Collection of Plastic Packages Started on October 1, 2007

28 September 2007

From October 1st, Kyoto City started to collect plastic packages separately. Plastic trays for fresh food, plastic bags, ice cream cups, egg containers, noodle cups, shampoo and detergent bottles, bottle caps, styrene foam, and other materials with ‘the Plastic Mark’ must be collected in special bags (different from those used for cans, glass bottles, etc.). Please use up the content of the container and clean it. When the container is very dirty, it may be thrown away with general garbage. Please read the city’s paper or handbook for more details. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Cleaning Promotion Section at 075-213-4960.

Disaster Drill Practiced

18 September 2007

September 1st is a disaster prevention day. The city organized a disaster drill throughout Ukyo ward, mainly around Katsura Athletic Park. Practical drills were held by the participating organizations and the local people. The drill simulated the aftermath of a large earthquake. Participants were from Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto Police, Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force and other related organizations. In total, about 5,600 people from 35 organizations participated in the drill. In the early morning, the Mayor, Mr. Masumoto, summoned the disaster countermeasures office and people practiced water and food distribution, fire extinction, fire rescues, first aid, and communication system revival. In the end, Mr. Masumoto made a speech in which he said that it is necessary for citizens to cooperate to avoid a large scale disaster, and that the city will make further improvements to secure citizen safety. For further information, contact the Kyoto City Fire Department Office at 075-212-6630.

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