Underground Bike Parking in Japan
And now, for something completely different.
While a lot of the local news recently has been negative, let’s take a second to forget our local issues for a moment and celebrate a new innovation in bicycle parking coming to us from the Land of the Rising Sun.
The above video shows a new, automated, bicycle parking system where riders place their bicycle in the track and it is taken in a machine and stored underground. It takes about ten seconds to retrieve your bicycle when you wish it returned, which I guess could lead to some delays at rush hour, but is actually less time than it takes me to free my bicycle after shackeling it to a bike parking area. A poster showing how the storage works underground can be found after the jump.
Image via dannychoo.com