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June 2010

Special Event for “Subway Day” Held
7 June 2010

Kyoto City has designated May 29th as “Subway Day” as this was the day when the city’s first subway line, the Karasuma line, started operating in 1981, between Kyoto Station and Kitaoji Station.
This is just one of the city's promotion projects to increase the number of subway passengers to 50,000 people a day in order to make the system and management structure more profitable.
This year, lectures about the subway, films of the actual subway construction process and panel discussions were held at Kyoto Horikawa Music High School. At Karasuma Oike Station, a special event was held involving the sale of the top 10 most popular sweets sold at subway station kiosks and a music concert. At Yamashiya Station, a music, dance and art performance was held. Many people came to see the events and had fun.

Subway and City Bus Passenger Increased
7 June 2010

On March 19th, the city took a survey of subway and city bus usage after a major time table revision. Compared to the previous year, the number of people using subway increased 1.1% and the bus users increased 4.2%. This was an encouraging sign for the city’s goal to increase the overall number of passengers.
The city will research the situation regularly and take appropriate action to achieve its goal.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Transportation Bureau: Tel: 075-863-5068.

Electric Car Sharing Service Available
14 June 2010

Kyoto City started a “Car Sharing” service last year. Environmentally-friendly electric cars are shared by citizens and city staff members. This year, the number of cars increased and also sharing service is available on weekdays as well.
The service is available every day until March 27, 2011, except for December 30 to January 3. Users can use these special electric cars free of charge from 8:30 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 19:00. Three cars are available on weekdays and 5 cars are available on Sat., Sun., and national holidays.
The user must have a driving license. Application is accepted by phone call or internet (on a first come, first serve basis) two weeks in advance of the day of use. The user must attend an orientation before using the cars. The orientation date and venue is given when the application is accepted.
Car rental and return takes place at Kyoto City Daigo Car Park or Takeda Daigodencho Car Park in Fushimi Ward on weekdays until August 31. In addition, the Kyoto City Oike Car Park will be open on Sat., Sun. and national holidays.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Environment Management Section: Tel: 075-213-0930.

Call or visit the website below: Windcar Inc.
Tel: 045-263-9138 (phone call accepted weekdays: 9:30-18:00)

“Activity Base for Students (tentative name)” Opened in Campus Plaza Kyoto
21 June 2010

On June 13th, “Activity Base for Students” opened on the first floor of the Campus Plaza Kyoto in Shimogyo Ward.
This space was designed to support any activities for university students in Kyoto. Kyoto City set up the “Activity Base for Students” as one of the projects to support university students. Students can use the space, get information, have consultation services and liaison support with local community, and rent necessary equipment, etc..
During the opening event the services provided in the “Activity Base for Students” were introduced. After the ceremony, students discussed how to utilize this new facility as an activate base for the city.
Kyoto City will promote interaction between students and the local community and continue to support other projects for students. There are nearly 140,000 university students in Kyoto which is roughly 10% city's entire population.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City University Project Section: Tel: 075-222-3103.

“Kyoto City Municipal Policy Delivery Talk” Accepted and “Delivery Talk for Children” Started
28 June 2010

Kyoto City provides the “Kyoto City Municipal Policy Delivery Talk” service. City staff members visit local communities and explain city’s municipal policies.
This service was created to give citizens a deeper understanding of municipal policies and projects and also let citizens actively participate in them.
The delivery talk can be provided at locations where more than 10 people gather (residents of Kyoto City or those who commute to Kyoto City). The talk is available on weekdays, between 10:00 and 21:00. The service is free of charge but the applicant must provide the meeting venue.
Citizens can choose their topic out of 236 themes from the 14 fields. From this year, the city has also organized a delivery talk for children to give them an understanding of municipal policies.
To make an application, get a pamphlet at city hall, ward offices and branch offices or visit the city’s website. Applications must be submitted at least one month before the day of the delivery talk.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Citizen Coproduction Section: Tel: 075-222-3178.

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