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Bicycle and Transportation Regulations

Transportation to and from campus

Osaka University encourages its students to walk or use public transportation to get to and from its campus. Basically, students are not permitted to commute to OU campuses by car, motorcycle, or motor scooters. Individuals who have to commute by one of the above due to physical disabilities and/or other reasons are required to obtain a permit from the university. Commuting by vehicle without permission and/or parking on roads near the university are violations and unbecoming of OU students.

Students are strongly requested to always obey all traffic regulations and behave in a responsible and mature manner. Students commuting by bicycle are expected to obey the following rules.

Concerning Bicycles

Be considerate of pedestrians and local people. Under the Road Traffic Law, bicycles are defined as a vehicle. Bicyclists must follow rules and malicious violators and individuals who caused fatal accidents in violation of these rules will be strictly punished. Keep in mind that bicycles can be dangerous to pedestrians.

The following are rules for safe bicycling on and around the OU campus. Cyclists should be aware that they are driving a vehicle so as to not cause annoyance to members of the general public living near OU as well as persons on campus.

Bicycle Regulations

  1. Maintain safe and reasonable speeds at all times.
  2. Drive on the left side of the road.
  3. The following activities are nuisances as well as dangerous. Please do not: park on the road, abandon your bicycle, park for an extended period of days, ride your bicycle in parallel to others, and/or use a cell phone while riding.
  4. Riding bicycles on the Handai-zaka [Osaka University Slope] is banned.
  5. As with motorized vehicles, bicyclists are requested to use official gates only for entering and leaving OU campuses.
  6. Riding on campus sidewalks is banned.
  7. Bicycle should be parked in an orderly manner in bicycle parking lots.
  8. Prevent theft of your bicycle by double-locking it and putting a sticker with your name and address on your bicycle.
  9. Riding bicycles on the Toyonaka campus is prohibited.
  10. Be careful not to cause annoyance to members of the general public living near OU.

Bike parking

Bicycle parking lots have been set up on the three campuses. Use these parking lots in accordance with the rules. Park your bicycles as instructed by parking attendants. If a parking attendant is not available, park your bicycle in an orderly manner so that the parking lot capacity can be realized when necessary.

The Minoh campus and its surrounding area

The Minoh campus in a residential area receives many complaints from local people about motorcycle noise and illegally parked vehicles. In order to cope with these traffic problems, the university holds regular meeting with a residents' association.

For the sake of good relations with members of the local communities, all OU students and personnel as well as bicycle commuters must take safety and the quiet environment into account and follow the following rules:

  • Note the map below and refrain from driving through residential areas on your way to or from Minoh campus -- use the roads marked in blue.
  • OU students and personnel living in a residential area near the campus are requested to drive in a safe manner that is always considerate of local residents and that reduces traffic noise.
  • When parking in the temporary parking lot on the east side of the North Gate, bicycle and motorcycle riders are requested to behave in a responsible and mature manner.
  • In order to get to the temporary parking lot (on the east side of the North Gate), take the road from the Saito Nishi Station -- do NOT drive through the campus.

Notes on the images above:

Toyonaka campus
Motor vehicles are prohibited from using roads marked in gray.
Pedestrian roads are marked in black. (bicycle riding on the roads is prohibited)

Minoh campus
Refrain from driving through residential areas on your way to or from Minoh campus -- use the roads marked in blue.
Motorcycles are prohibited from using the main road along the Osaka Monorail line.

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