Cyclists in Tokyo might be expected to display number plates like other motorists, according to government reports.
It is proposed that number plates will improve etiquette between commuters, thus lowering accidents.
Bicycle number plates will be registered just like their car counterparts; each unit will be attached to a unique number so it can be found if stolen or involved in an accident or crime.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government put forward a panel of experts from the field of traffic safety to outline the idea.
Shigeru Morichi, a Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, who took charge in the panel, believes that the move would help control the rising number of cycling accidents in the city.
The idea will be discussed further in September, it will be the latest in Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s attempt to improve cycling conditions in the capital.
It is suggested that the earthquake disaster of last year, which left many people stranded and caused the transport system to shutdown temporarily, has lead to the increase in cyclists which in turn has lead to the increase in bike-related accidents.
Tighter regulations were enforced as a result, restricting cyclists to the left-hand side of the road.
Colour-coded cycling lanes have also been proposed in the past.