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April 2015

Extending the Hours of Reclamation of Seized Bicycles, etc. at Bicycle Temporary Storehouses

Starting from April, 2015, the reclamation time will be extended by 3 hours each day which is from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm at the 6 seized bicycle temporary-storehouses in the City. For reclamation, identification such as a driver's license, an item to identify the bicycle such the bicycle's key, etc., and the removal fine of ¥2,300 for each bicycle, ¥4,600 for motorbikes will be required.

Kyoto City has been working on strengthening the development bicycle parking spaces, removing derelict bicycles and progressing in educational activities in collaboration with local citizens, etc. As a result, the number of the derelict bicycles has been reduced to one twenty seventh (1/27) compared to 14 years ago.

The City will request for further cooperation on efforts in eliminating dangerous derelict bicycles which will block traffic for pedestrians, wheelchair users, emergency vehicles, and so forth.

[Contact] Kyoto City Bicycle Policy Promotion Division: Tel: 075-222-3565

Institution of a "Regulation on Prohibiting Street Soliciting"

On April 1st, 2015, the regulation on prohibiting "street soliciting," etc. was instituted. This is to prohibit soliciting people to become customers at public spaces such as on streets, etc. The regulation was instituted with voices from citizens and tourists that street soliciting in the downtown area is blocking safe and secure passageway for pedestrians.

This regulation defines the responsibility of business operators neither doing street soliciting nor waiting on streets to do street soliciting in all parts of the city. It also states providing punishment for violations such as imposing fines for violations within the designated prohibited zones starting from this September.

Under the regulation, Kyoto City will try to create further safety and secure passage and urban development considered suitable for "omotenashi," the welcoming spirit of Kyoto.

[Contact] Kyoto City Living Safe Promotion Division: Tel: 075-222-3193

Inviting Public Suggestions on Efforts for a "Town, People, Work, Heart and Kyoto Revival" Plan

From April 22nd to July 31st, this year, the City is inviting public suggestions on efforts for coping with depopulating society from citizens, locals, NPOs, enterprises, universities, and so forth.

Suggestion examples are as follows: "efforts to increase opportunities for the young generation to encounter," "local action to support the child-raising," and "an effort to facilitate and inviting feel for people to come over and settle down in Kyoto," and so forth.

The City welcomes suggestions on which the group is able to challenge with enthusiasm, such as "We suggest this kind of effort to be taken. Our group can work on this part by ourselves, but for these parts, we request the knowledge and support from administrators, enterprises and specialists, etc."

The suggestions will be registered, released within Kyoto City's website of "Kyoto's Revival: Treasure Bank," and collaboration and support proposals toward the realization for each plan will be widely invited as well. For the realization, the City will also try making matches with other administrators or organizations, etc. to initiate blending all the knowledge and support. These proactive groups will be called and decided as "TEAM KYOTO," and the City will strongly support with its PR, etc.

By September 2015, the City will reflect these suggestions, put it all together as a comprehensive strategy for the "Town, People, Work, Heart and Kyoto Revival," as to become the first Japanese city to progress the effort on reviving its locals. Kyoto City will address challenges with citizens, related organizations, etc.

[Contact] Kyoto City Reviving Strategy Administrator: Tel: 075-222-3978

Cooperation Requested for the Collection of Unnecessary Small Appliances

Kyoto City will strength on the collecting of unnecessary small appliances from May 1st, 2015 to reduce waste and further progress on an efficient use of resources. The size of the collectible home electronics will be enlarged to about 5 times at the collecting spots installed at ward offices, etc. Also, a new approach of retrieving home electronic/battery cells when buying a new product will be started at cooperative electronics stores within the city.

The list for the collectible items will be smaller than 30cms long, 40cms wide/depth all appliances´╝Źbut TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners, washing machines, clothes dryers, personal computers and oil/kerosene stove are exempt from the list.

The door-to-door collecting using parcel delivery service by sign up via the internet´╝Źworking in partnership with private enterprise will accepted by request freely from May 1st to June 30th, 2015. This service includes personal computers, should be within the City and is available for the first 10,000 applicants.

[Contact] Kyoto City Reducing Waste Promotion Division: Tel: 075-213-4930

Establishment of the Kamitoba Hydrogen Station (tentative title)

The city's first hydrogen station will be installed in Minami-ku's Kamitoba by the end of FY 2015, which a fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs) will be able to stoke its necessary hydrogen.

The station will be installed by Osaka Gas Co., Ltd., in response to the promotional activities of Kyoto City. In addition, the City will promote the use of hydrogen energy which has the least effect on the environment by lending fuel-cell vehicles with car sharing for a decided time system to citizens and tourists within this year.

[Contact] Kyoto City Global Warming Countermeasures Division: Tel: 075-222-4555

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