Hakusan Dori Street, North Exit of Sugamo Station, Toshima Ward
(on a footpath of Route 17)
As a designated manager for Toshima Ward, NCD has been addressing the bicycle parking problem town-wide since 2005. In 2007, when the Order for Enforcement of the Road Act was partially revised, widening work of Route 17 around Sugamo began. NCD proposed a bicycle parking facility on a national road to solve the abandoned bicycles. As a designated manager, NCD has been proactively addressing the abandoned bicycle problem on streets.
Toshima Ward had a serious problem of bicycle parking. Among the stations in Toshima Ward, Sugamo was flooded with abandoned bicycles, next to Ikebukuro and Otsuka. With the objective of taking advantage of expertise of private businesses in resolving the abandoned bicycle problem, Toshima Ward accepted candidates for designated managers of municipal bicycle parking lots in three locations in the area around Sugamo Station in 2005. NCD proposed a plan for a town-wide solution and as a result we were designated as a manager. We have been working to reduce abandoned bicycles in the area around Sugamo Station as a ward designated manager since that time.
The problem of abandoned bicycles in front of the station, in particular, was being improved due to NCD's management of bicycle parking lots in three locations in front of Sugamo Station. However, bicycles left on a footpath were still noticeable. Under these circumstance, a plan for widening a footpath along Route 17 (Hakusan Dori Street) around Sugamo Station emerged. At the same time, the standard for installation of a bicycle parking lot on a footpath was newly established due to partial revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Road Act.
In response to these two issues, NCD, which was involved in the bicycle parking problem of Sugamo as a designated manager, participated as an independent business. Based on the standard for installation of a bicycle parking lot on a footpath, NCD devised a detailed plan involving design and management of a bicycle parking lot on a footpath of Hakusan Dori street, including the width of the footpath, installation of kerbs or fence on the boundary between the bicycle parking lot and the footpath.
Thus, "Bicycle Parking Lot on Hakusan Dori Street at North Exit of Sugamo Station" was opened. This example was the second bicycle parking facility on a footpath after revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Road Act, next to the one installed on Aoi Dori Street in Shibuya Ward in June 2007. Toshima Ward is permitted to occupy Route 17 (Hakusan Dori street) by Tokyo National Highway Office and NCD operates and manages bicycle parking lots from installation of equipment around Sugamo under agreement with Sugamo Ward.
NCD, which has been continuously proposing a plan for addressing the bicycle parking problem as a town-wide problem since startup of bicycle parking business, predicts that bicycle parking lots on footpaths will increasingly be necessary in the future. Though prompt action for abandoned bicycles around the station is necessary, there are still many areas where it is difficult to secure a place other than footpath for a bicycle parking lot. NCD anticipates that the standard for installation of a bicycle parking lot on a footpath will be facilitated by the revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Road Act. We hope that the safety of station users and pedestrians is ensured as the environment around the station is improved by installing bicycle parking lots on roads. We also intend to continue to address this problem with the expectation that it will lead to creation of a pleasant town to live in.