Bicycles parking in Japan
Although Japan has a very efficient public transport system, the bicycle is still very much a common way to get around in this country (many people use their bike to get from their homes to the train station). In fact, Mikael Coville-Anderson, of Copenhagenize fame, ranks Japan as the world’s third greatest cycling nation behind the Netherlands and Denmark.
Being such an attractive transport option to millions of people every day, cycling causes though an inconvenience: the lack of space for parking. The situation is even more disturbing because lots of people are forced to park illegally.
To remedy this problem, construction company Giken Ltd has come up with an ingenious solution: robotic underground bike parking system. The system it’s called ECO-Cycle, and according to its developer, it can store up to 204 bikes 11 meters underground.
Eco-cycle requires a small space above ground just for the bicycle entrance booth. All operations to load and unload bicycles are controlled by computer. Average waiting time for unloading is about 13 seconds. The system it is also earthquake-resistant.
Access to the system costs 1,800 yen (about $16) for a month while students pay 1,300 yen. Although it is not free, the underground bike parking system comes with many individual benefits: you have your bike protected from the weather and at safe place away from thieves, while you will also avoid the fines for illegal parking.
The video below explains very well how the system works.
Watch the video below if you want to learn more about how ECO-Cycle is built.
Source and photos: dannychoo.com
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