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Parking Your Bike in Japan

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The current focus on urban mobility and public pressures for more environmentally friendly means of transport has unsurprisingly led to the resurgence of cycling. Especially in more densely populated urban areas, it seems almost impossible to travel from point A to point B without encountering some sort of traffic jam or suffocate in a sea of on the go individuals. Sensibly, cycling has allowed urbanites to get to where they need to in a cost and eco-efficient manner. But of course, if you yourself are a cyclist, there’s always the constant worry of parking your bike with the chance that it will get stolen or vandalized. So when I came across this video, I thought it was such an innovative and brilliant way that the Japanese have invented to keep their bikes safe.

Essentially, what cyclists have to do is purchase a monthly pass where you will receive a smart card. Whenever you need to park your bike, you just scan your card in the card reader at the machine and the gates will open for you to slide in your bicycle. The bike then gets drawn in much like the mechanics of a car wash whereby the bike will be kept underground. When retrieving the bike, simply just scan the card and the parking tower will roll your bike back out in a matter of seconds. It is capable of securing up to 144 bicycles underground and takes a mere 10 seconds to retrieve.

A more detailed video of how it works can be seen below:

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When you’re in a city where thousands around are on bikes, it’s hard to imagine how the city could provide enough bike stands to accommodate. It’s great to see how a city can encourage cycling and make it so much more convenient for the bikers in the area.

As seen via DannyChoo.com

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  • http://twitter.com/m_girl07 Manley H

    That's a pretty amazing device! Too bad we don't have that in Toronto. But then again, I'm not much of a bike rider =p. But it would save people a lot of trouble.