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Safe use of public roads

Safe use of public roads

When cycling or running a marathon on a public road, there are a number of points to be careful of. Please make sure to obey traffic rules, and enjoy yourself while putting your safety and the safety of others first.

Please thoroughly set up a plan.

Please set up a plan for when and where you will be cycling or running, and check in advance whether there are dangerous places along the course, etc. In the case of cycling or running as part of a group, please share the relevant information with all members of your group and assist each other along the way.

Please use suitable equipment and wear suitable clothing.


Please perform maintenance on your bicycle before cycling. Please sufficiently check the bicycle including the tire pressure, brakes, handlebar, and condition of the wheels, etc. Please attach lights (front and rear) and reflectors to your bicycle. When riding on public roads, wearing a helmet is mandatory.
Bicycles that are not equipped with both front and rear brakes (“piste bikes”) cannot be ridden on public roads.


Please wear shoes that are the correct size, and clothing that is suitable for the weather conditions. Please stay properly hydrated.

Please obey the basic etiquette when cycling.

When riding a bicycle, please stay on the left side of the road, obey traffic signals, and refrain from using cell phones or portable music players, etc. Please make an effort to avoid damaging the natural landscape by taking home garbage, etc. When cycling, for safety reasons, please take breaks at areas where there is plenty of space rather than next to roadways. If you are arriving by car, please avoid parking along public roads, and do your best to park in the parking lots stated in the “introduction of courses” on this website.

Please avoid cycling on narrow roadways.

In areas where there are walking paths that allow bicycles, please avoid cycling on narrow roadways, and please take sufficient care with regard to pedestrians on walking paths.

Please ensure safety when descending mountains.

When riding bicycles, there is a danger of slipping on foreign objects on roadways, such as sand or leaves. Also, please be very careful when descending mountains as cold hands could make it more difficult to apply brakes. As such, please reduce speed as much as possible, and take plenty of breaks. It is necessary take special care when cycling on an individual basis, as this is more dangerous than cycling as part of a competition in which there is supervision and support.

Please be careful of animals.

If you encounter an animal such as a bear or deer, please stop cycling or running and promptly move away from the area. When cycling or running on courses where there is danger of encountering a bear, please take precautions such as wearing a bell.

Please have insurance.

Please have sports accident insurance, etc. for the event of an accident.

Please protect the natural landscapes.

This is not related to public roads, but in trail running, there is running on unpaved roads in nature. Courses are often set up in areas designated for the preservation of nature, such as national parks, so please do not run in places not along the course. In national parks, etc., the Natural Parks Act, etc., prohibits the collecting and damaging of trees and plants, and the capturing and killing of animals. As such, please take care to protect the natural environment in such locations.