22 April 2008

High Tech Bike Parking in Tokyo


We recieved this cool link from Japan about a bike parking system at the Kasai train station in Tokyo. Japan boasts a wonderful bike culture and they are tech wizards, so it's great to see the two in concerto.

There's room for 9400 bikes and it takes 23 seconds to get your bike back when you retrieve it. Not to mention it only costs 100 yen, or 1800 yen for a monthly pass.

We love aestheticism here at Copenhagenize but we love technology, too. This bike parking system is wicked cool.

7 comments:

Samuel said...

So cool, as long as it doesn't break down and leave me without my favourite bike for a few days. I would certainly use one, so much better security than a bike rack and a hardened steel lock (not to mention lighter).

Christina said...

That's excellent, why can't we have that in Europe? great idea.

GB said...

It's like 'The Matrix' for bikes!

Andy B from Jersey said...

I've been researching about cycling in Japan. From what I've learned, almost all Japanese cities could give Copenhagen "a run for their money" when it comes bicycle mode share.

Also, they've had a bicycle rental system at their train stations for over 15 years that functions more like the bikeshare systems in Lyon and Paris. (The Copenhagen system doesn't count since its more for visitors from what I've read). The only difference in Japan is that people are encouraged to take the bikes home and then return with it the next day to the train station so they don't clog up the bike parking around the station with a personal bicycle.

Mark said...

I saw a bike elevator like this in Amsterdam - though I don't know how high tech it was underground. And, of course, A-dam has manual underground bike parking as well.

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Zakkaliciousness said...

thanks, all.

absolutely, andy b. japan is one of the greatest bike cultures.