Transportation / Mobility

May 7, 2006


Cycling Map Proving Popular in Kyoto

Keywords: Civil Society / Local Issues NGO / Citizen Transportation / Mobility 

The "Cycling Map of Kyoto," published in October 2005 by the Kyoto-based Citizens' Environmental Foundation (CEF), has been gaining in popularity, winning the second prize of the Osaka NPO Award at the end of the year. The map is packed in a vinyl case, printed in color on large-size pages (63.6 x 90 centimeters), and takes the form of a 48-page booklet with detailed route descriptions. The map has been praised for the intensive research, accuracy, and innovative ideas that went into it.

One of the NGO's missions is to build eco-cities. To achieve this objective, the CEF engages in activities to promote town planning by using the advantages of cycling to enjoy the charm of Kyoto. The Kyoto Bicycle Tour, an annual event since 2001, is one of the CEF's activities.

The idea of a cycling map came up through its activities and took shape as "Cycling Map of Kyoto." About 40 volunteers, mostly university students, plus some office workers, housewives, and elderly citizens helped with the research. Following the success of the popular inner-city version of the map, a suburban version was released in March 2006.

Posted: 2006/05/07 12:28:02 AM
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