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April 2011

New Open Space Construction Plan for the South Exit of Kyoto Station Formulated
4 April, 2011

Kyoto City has formulated a “New Open Space Construction Plan for the South Exit of Kyoto Station.”
This is one of the core projects included in the “Walking City Kyoto General Traffic Project” which promotes safe and a better public transportation environment.
Presently the south exit of the Kyoto Station has a number of inconveniences, for example, the large car parking space just in front of the station, the bus stops are not integrated, and Hachijo Street is so wide (three car lanes on each side) that it is awkward to cross on foot.
These problems and others will be addressed by the new plan for the south side of the station. Kyoto City will discuss these problems with the relevant public and private transportation companies and decide the size of the bus stops, taxi stands and other facilities in the area. Construction will start in 2013.
For details, refer to the pamphlet available at Kyoto 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.

Countermeasure for Illegally-parked Bicycles Improved
11 April 2011

From April 1st, Kyoto City has extended the opening hours of parking spaces for illegally parked bicycles that the city has removed from public areas. Bicycle owners can now pick their bicycle up every day, except for the end and beginning of the year.
Previously it was hard for people who work on weekdays retrieve their bicycle. The parking spaces for seized bicycles are now open on weekends.
There are six parking spaces for seized bicycles managed by the city: Matsugasaki Minami-ikenouchi-cho, Sakyo Ward, Sanjo Senbon-nishi-iru, Nakagyo Ward, Fukuinekawara-cho, Higashiyama Ward, Kisshoin Nikinomori-cho, Minami Ward, Ishida Morihigashi-cho, Fushimi Ward and Kagekatsu-cho, Fushimi Ward. ID and payment of the bicycle removable fee are required to pick up the bicycle. The parking spaces are open from 10:00 to 18:00.
Kyoto City has also opened a new website: “Bicycle parking space search & bicycle reference system.” From a computer or mobile phone, people can search for closest bicycle parking space and parking, and find out where their bicycle has been taken if it has been removed.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Bicycle Management Section: Tel: 075-222-3565.

New Rules for Garbage Disposal
18 April 2011

Kyoto City has changed some of city’s ordinances related to the disposal of garbage. From April 1st, 2011, the city will penalize people trying to carry away disposed cans, glass bottles, pet bottles, recyclable garbage and large size garbage in normal garbage. This change has been made to promote proper garbage disposal and recycling. Person who does not follow the ordinance will be warned and will be required to follow special procedures to dispose of their garbage properly.
To reduce waste and to efficiently utilize recyclable garbage, bottle disposal has also been changed. Bottles of cosmetic stuffs, medicines, energy drink and other medical products must be disposed as “cans, bottles and pet bottles.” The rid must be taken away and the containers must be rinsed clean. If the rid material is plastic, it must be disposed as “plastic”; if it is metal, it must be disposed as it as “burnable garbage.”

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

New “Otogi no Kuni” Facility Opened in the Kyoto City Zoo
25 April 2011

A new facility called “Otogi no Kuni” opened in the Kyoto City Zoo (Okazaki, Sakyo ward) on April 16th, 2011. Here people can enjoy touching and playing with animals.
Goats, sheep and small pigs move freely around the area. People can also touch and play with rabbits and guinea pigs four times a day, at certain times.
In addition to the opening of the Otogi no Kuni, the opportunity for zoo visitors to enjoy their time with animals will increase. The zoo has planned new events and is improving the walking paths as well as building nursing rooms for mothers, etc. to make the zoo more comfortable and enjoyable for everyone. The city hopes the visitors can use the zoo as a place to learn about the importance of animals.
The city will continue to create other facilities, for example, “Cat World” where people can closely watch the lives of different kinds of wild cats, and “Fields of Africa” where giraffes, zebras, hippos and African birds live together.

For more information, contact that Kyoto City Zoo: Tel: 075-771-0210.

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