Tokyo is such a crowded place that even finding a place to park your bicycle can be a daunting task. But leave it to the Japanese to find a very clever solution to this growing space problem.
JUST LOOK AT THAT!
It looks more like a scene from a sci-fi movie than a parking storage!
The ECO-Cycle Park is an automated bicycle storage system buried 11 meters under the city streets that can hold up to over 200 bikes. Japan’s Bicycle Parking Technology Is PURE GENIUS!
You don’t have to be afraid that your bicycle is missing a wheel, that someone stole it or that it’s damaged because of bad weather conditions because this underground parking lot does not allow any humans to enter. You simply place your bike in an elevator-like contraption and VOILA! Technology does the rest!
This INSANE bicycle parking technology is buried under the streets of Tokyo, developed by construction solutions company GIKENT! This is a place where bicycle chains are of no use. You can park your bikes safely in just a matter of 8 seconds.
Bicycle riders have to pay a monthly subscription to gain access to ECO-Cycle, and they are issued a personal card. Whenever they want to park their bikes, all they have to do is position them in front of one of the above-ground booths and swipe their card through a reader. A mechanical arm clamps it in place, the booth door opens and the bike disappears underground. The whole process takes just 8 seconds, and retrieving the vehicle is just as fast. Ever since the solution was implemented in Konan Hoshi No Koen Park, in 2010, illegally parked bicycles have mostly disappeared from the area.
Steel boards are inserted into the ground to create a cylindrical shape, and the soil inside is then removed. We can do this in only two months. As soil pressure is evenly distributed (thanks to the cylindrical shape), the parking facility is reasonably earthquake resistant. As a carrier device is placed in the center, the distance the bikes have to be moved is minimized. The construction of an underground bicycle storage unit costs 150 million yen ($1,5 million). Including those under construction, there are currently 43 ECO-Cycle facilities at 16 locations across Japan,” says Shotaro Yano, head of the Giken’s underground development division, says about the advantages of ECO-Cycle.
Watch the video below and see for yourself what it’s like to park your bicycle in Japan.
credits to oddity central