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December 2010

Opinion from Citizens for Kyoto Marathon Course Wanted
6 December, 2010

Kyoto City has announced the course of Kyoto Marathon which the city plans to hold in March 2012.
This is a full marathon (42.195 km) which will start from Nishikyogoku Sports Park in Ukyo Ward and will finish at Heian Shrine in Sakyo Ward. Runners will run by seven World Heritage sites, five mountains, Kamo River and other fine sites.
The city estimates about 15,000 participants and it will bring about 1.3 billion yen economic effect from accommodation and food for the participants and their family visiting Kyoto.
On the other hand there is a concern that the race could block the road in the city for many hours on the day which will cause about 10 km traffic jam and will have some bus services canceled. Cooperation and understanding from the citizens is necessary to make this event successful, for example, not using private car on the day of the race.
Currently the city is collecting opinions from citizens about course of the marathon. Check the application form available at the city hall, ward offices and branch offices or visit the city’s website for details. The application is accepted until December 28 (must arrive by this day).

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Sports Promotion Section: Tel: 075-366-0169.

New Traffic Experiment Taken on Shijo Street
13 December, 2010

Kyoto City has been promoting “Walking City Kyoto” campaign. It promotes to let people take more walk and public transportation than private cars. This time the city has taken a new traffic experiment of buses and taxies in the central area in which many historical settings remain.
Though the area is full of attractions including bustle downtown shopping area and classical Kyoto-style houses, it has been a problem how to assure a safe and comfortable traffic environment. This traffic experiment will see how the city can improve the situation. In addition the city is planning to expand sidewalks on Shijo Street.
The city has already taken some provisions to improve the traffic situation. Some of them are to control the number of private cars into the area, to set up new bicycle parking lots, and to concentrate bus stops and to reconsider the location of taxi stands. The city will make additional trials until the end of March 2011.
After making these trials, Kyoto City will examine the results and decide which trial is effective by collecting opinions from citizens.

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

Boarding City Buses with a Baby Stroller Update
20 December, 2010

Until recently people with baby strollers had to fold away it when they get on a city bus. However as this is not convenient, people no longer have to fold the stroller away.
There are two new kinds of buses in service for strollers: the Non-step bus and the One-step bus. These buses have a baby stroller logo on the door.
When getting on the bus, set the stroller at the designated location facing the front side to the rear of the bus. Please make sure to use wheel stoppers and that the child is wearing a seatbelt. Then attach the assist belt to the bus seat on the stroller to make sure the stroller does not move.
When the bus is crowded, it may be necessary to fold away the stroller.
The city is trying very hard to provide a comfortable traffic experience for everyone.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Traffic Bureau Vehicle Department: Tel: 075-863-5132.

“Daisuki! Kyoto Donation” Campaign Started
27 December, 2010

Kyoto City is promoting the “Daisuki! Kyoto Donation” campaign. People who use Kyoto's special tax system (Furusato tax) and donated money to Kyoto City can join this lottery. Prizes include Kyoto specialties and hotel vouchers or meal vouchers in Kibune (for 30 pairs) and other unique Kyoto specialties.
People who made a donation of over 10,000 yen between November 1st, 2010 and January 31st, 2011 can join the lottery.
Prize winners will receive their prizes in mid February. Prizes are offered by hotels, ryokan inns, restaurants and other contributors in the city (applicants can’t choose prizes).
The application form is available at Kyoto City Hall, ward offices, branch offices and the Kyoto Tourist Information Center “Kyo Navi” at 2F of the Kyoto Station Building. Credit card payment is also accepted via the city’s website.
The city hope to have many people who donated money to support the city, both Kyoto citizens and non-citizens, join in this lottery.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Financial Section: Tel: 075-222-3288.

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