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bicycle barrier farce

It's a well-known fact that in Osaka there is one bicycle for every cockroach, which means there are lots. Too many, in fact.

To ensure orderliness in the bike department, specially built bicycle parks can be found at train stations across the city. You pay a small fee (about 1,500 yen for a monthly pass) to leave your bike, go off to work and collect it at the end of the day. However, there are people who would prefer not to pay, and so park their bike somewhere a little further from the station.

Below is one such place where non-payers like to leave them, but recently the situation was getting out of control, with a mass of spokes, wheels, baskets and handlebars blocking the walkway.......

.....and so the authorities swooped in under the cover of darkness, scooped up the bikes and erected barriers with signs warning people not to park there ever, ever again......

.....however, within days it looked like this, proving that the bike removal, barrier erecting and sign placing was a rather pointless exercise........

.....seems like they need one of these fellas to keep an eye on things.....

A man who can organise bikes.
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On Sunday, 06 May, 2007, Blogger bogue said:

"in Osaka there is one bicycle for every cockroach"

Judging by the size of their bicycles, I reckon you must have some big, scary cockroaches in Osaka...  

On Tuesday, 08 May, 2007, Anonymous J said:

I live in Tokyo and some of the "no bicycles" signs have a cartoon picture of a big scary cat bearing its claws. Still not enough to deter a thousand people from parking in front of it though. These Japanese people are tough.  

On Tuesday, 08 May, 2007, Blogger Invader Stu said:

I Holland where I live every lamp post, gate, bridge and sign post has someone's bike chained to it. The rest are at the bottom of a canal some where but it looks like Osaka could give Holland a run for its money.  

On Wednesday, 09 May, 2007, Anonymous Steebu said:

That man organised my bike once......if you see him, can you ask him what he did with it?  

On Thursday, 10 May, 2007, Blogger tornados28 said:

Did the people get their bikes back from the authorities? Maybe because the bikes in Japan are so cheap, they did not care about losing them.  

On Thursday, 24 May, 2007, Anonymous hl said:

there's one bike placed behind the barrier. that's hilarious!  

On Monday, 04 June, 2007, Blogger ZaPaper said:

Taking a leaf out of a Beijing book, perhaps? Though the far more common situation is for a free-lancer(?) to take up a post at a place where parked bikes tend to congregate and charge you 2 mao for guarding it. Given that bike theft is rampant and locking your bike doesn't do any good because they drag it off bike and all, I never really mind paying the 2 mao, which is about only just over one (American) penny.  

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