11 January 2010

Japanese Bicycle Parking Technology


An interesting and informative video from Japanese national broadcaster NHK, in English, about a company that produces automated, underground bicycle parking systems.
Thanks to Paul for the link.

14 comments:

DJB said...

That's awesome :)

Yvette said...

That is very cool! Too bad it won't work in Miami, where we are 4 feet above sea level and have no "underground" space to speak of. Hats off the the Japanese!

Larey said...

Amazing! But maybe a little too high-tech. What happens if the power is cut, or the grabber jams, or aliens invade and use it to attack Tokyo?

Amsterdamize said...

leave it to the Japanese, cool stuff. Reminds me of the parking garage that came with my brother's appartment in Amsterdam (video). Ok, it's a car parking garage, still cool though :)

ZA said...

Perfect for well-planned high-cost real estate environments. Too bad 'organic' cities like NYC or Boston have an insane mess of known and forgotten hazards underground.

Still, that may be the best use outside of grain I've seen for a silo!

Michael said...

Japan is a very ancient society so one can imagine the silo poles hitting lots of human residue as they go down. I wonder how they scope to site, if they do so, to see what they are digging into? Mike

Cargo Cult said...

It's very cool, but I'd find it extremely difficult to trust my bike to a machine. I'm just thinking of all those elevators, escalators, ATMs, train ticket machines, coin-operated vending machines, etc, that have failed me in the past.

Klaus Mohn said...

This is very cool. What happens at rush hour, when 10 or 20 people want to take their bikes back (or put them in) simultaneously? Or when 5 people want to put it in and 5 want to take it out? The Japanese have a reputation for orderly queueing, but I'm not sure waiting for one's bike for 2 minutes is in our culture. I mean, that's what's causing the disorderly, sprawling bike parking areas in CPH, right?

Anonymous said...

We need that in Denmark!

elhiú said...

In Spain we have the biceberg!!I´m a user of this system and it´s great!!
www.biceberg.es

Anonymous said...

We need biceberg and b-igloo in Denmark!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

We have no need for this in Little Rock. It's rare to see a standard bike rack filled.

Biceberg said...

Biceberg and B-igloo has a Scandinavian dealer located in Copenhagen and Oslo:
http://www.p-plan.dk

Ara said...

That would be awesome to use... around were i live you don't see a standard bike rack filled because if you leave your bike in one its almost guaranteed to disappear into thin air the second you walk away.