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November 2010

Creating Better City Scenery with “Autumn Color Roadside Trees”
1 November, 2010

Kyoto City will expand the areas of “two-stage pruning” for roadside trees. This is to let local people and tourists enjoy autumn colored leaves longer.
Though autumn leaves on roadside trees add colors to the city scenery, it is also the fact that fallen leaves take extra time and effort by the local people to clean up. Therefore the city pruned all roadside trees before they turned red and yellow.
The city started this two-stage pruning last year. First stage pruning took place in October which left about half of the leaves to change color. Then after the autumn season ended, in January or February, the city pruned what remained. This system reduces the amount of fallen leaves while allowing for nice autumn views in the city.
This year the city expanded the two-stage pruning areas: on Karasuma Street between Kitaoji and Marutamachi, on Horikawa Street between Nakadachiuri and Gojo. These new areas have about 4,700 trees on about 67 km roadside in total north from Kyoto Station, east from Senbon Street.
The city will continue to monitor this new program and expand if the results are favorable.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Green Planning Section: Tel: 075-222-3589.

Reducing Plastic Bags Campaign in Cooperation with Supermarkets in the City
8 November, 2010

Kyoto City's first “Reducing Plastic Bags Campaign”, was held from November 11 to 14, in cooperation with five supermarkets. Customers who bring their own bag can enter a lottery to win prizes.
The campaign was held at 33 supermarkets in the city including Izumiya, MG, CO-OP, JUSCO and VIVRE.
Customer who bring their own bag and buy over 1,000 yen in the grocery section received one lottery ticket to get a variety of prizes, for example, Le Creuset pans, thermos vacuum heat-retention cooking devices and so on. Winners will be announced from November 22 at each supermarket and on their website.
On the November 11, from 16:00, the Kick-off event was held at the Kyoto Station Building. A live performance and talk show of a Japanese entertainment group, “Idling!!!” was also held.
Roughly 300,000,000 plastic bags are consumed in Kyoto City every year. Why don’t you consider “eco” now?

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Circulative Society Planning Section: Tel: 075-213-4930.

Temporary Traffic Restrictions Initiated During Autumn Tourist Season
15 November, 2010

To reduce traffic jams in the city during the autumn tourist season, Kyoto City has initiated two new programs.
The first program is “Park & Ride.” Visitors coming to Kyoto by car can park their cars in car parks. A free shuttle service was available from some car parks and parking fees were also discounted for people who take subways.
The second program involved temporary traffic restrictions in the areas of Higashiyama and Arashiyama. In the Higashiyama area, cars are not allowed to enter between Higashioji and Gojozaka and the road south of Kodai-ji Temple. In the Arashiyama area, all roads between Togetsu-kyo Bridge and Hankyu Arashiyama Station were turned into one-way streets. During particularly busy times, cars will not be allowed to enter some parts of Nagatsuji Street. These programs were put into effect on on Sat., Sun. and national holidays between November 20 and 28.
For detailed information about these programs, get a pamphlet available at city hall, ward offices and branch offices or visit the city’s website.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Walking City Kyoto Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3483.

Separation of Pedestrian and Bicycles on Oike Street Sidewalks
22 November, 2010

In a new study, Kyoto City separated pedestrian and bicycle traffic on the sidewalk on the north side of Oike Street.
Bicycles suppose to go on car roads but they can go on side walk on specific areas. Pedestrians have priority on walking safer side of side walk and bicycles must run slowly near car road. However this rule is not kept in reality on many areas including Oike Street.
In the study, pedestrian areas and bicycle areas were clearly separated by a white line or signs. In addition police officers directed bicycle riders to follow the new separation rules.
The city will analyze the result of this study and use it to improve the city’s traffic safety conditions.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Road Environment Management Section: Tel: 075-222-3570.

“Kyoto Free Pass” Available
29 November, 2010

Kyoto City has started to sell a useful public transportation pass, the “Kyoto Free Pass”, in cooperation with 7 train companies and 8 bus companies operating in the city (except for some areas of service).
The One-day Pass allows for unlimited use of 14 train line and bus companies in the city for 2,000 yen. The pass will be available from December 11th at information center run by the Kyoto City Transportation Bureau, Hankyu Kawaramachi Station and Katsura Station.
The Two-day Pass includes extensive services in addition to those offered by the One-day Pass. For example, it includes JR West lines (including the Shinkansen bullet train between each destination and Kyoto Station). The pass will be available from December 1 at the Midori no Madoguchi counter of JR West.
These passes also include special benefits: public transportation maps, discount coupons at tourist spots, etc..
Kyoto City will try to improve transportation efficiency with these new passes. Hopefully, these passes will reduce the number of private cars coming into the city.

For mroe information, contact the Kyoto City Walking City Kyoto Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3483.

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