• Ja
  • 7pm in Tokyo - Christmas Lights DannyChoo.com 2009 Calendar

Japan Bike Storage

200
539227
Sun 2008/12/14 06:00 JST
3105580411_d01616d113_o

Heard about these underground bicycle parking cylinders but never seen on in action until yesterday - was impressed. A very cute girl came along to park her bicycle and let me take some pics - love those knee-down garnments.

3106412898_e2dfb53769_o

These 'Gates' is where bicycles are parked and retrieved.

3106413238_b03fb508da_o

At each gate there is a simple card reader. One has to take out a monthly contract to use these ones but there are some around Tokyo where anybody can park their bicycle.

3106413502_deb3bbe0d2_o

The young lady swipes her card and a few seconds later the doors open. She docks the front wheel of her bicycle...

3105582577_d18317df2a_o

...and it gets pulled in to the dock. Doors close swiftly after. Took a video of the bicycle park in action - but the young lady had gone by then so you will have to make do with two kind men instead.

Higher res at youtube.com/watch?v=yIHrmN_ptJc.
3106414148_3a5a46ed60_o

This is what the bicycle park looks like underground.

3105583267_ed9499c01f_o

The Eco Cycle can store up to 144 bicycles underground - retrieval and storage in seconds. The longest it takes is 10 seconds.

3106415000_88544c78c6_o

The company who makes this is Giken who also make stuff like tidal and flood defense systems @.@

3106415440_1d018caa55_o

The Eco Cycle caters for bicycles which are less than 1,950mm in length and less than 1,250mm in height. Tyre size has to be less than 28 inches. Interesting how the Japanese use a mixture of mm, cm and inches.

It costs 2,600 yen for a monthly ticket to use the park. Students pay 1,300 yen.

3105584467_781c66a9a8_o

A few rules of what needs to be removed before using the park.

3105584727_a45e4b1fc3_o

Info and guidance on the display. The video clip below shows what these parking units looks like underground.

3105585085_4592478d98_o

And this is what other areas of Jiyu ga oka looked like yesterday without Eco Cycle parks. As the bicycle is a main form of transport in Japan, parking them is a major problem.

3106416888_8ae208305c_o

Here is an example of how problematic parking can be. Folks end up leaving their bicycles everywhere.

Tokyo · CEO Mirai Inc
http://www.dannychoo.com/profile

Director for Culture Japan. Creator of Mirai Suenaga. Member of the Japanese governments METI CIIC.
経済産業省クリエイティブ産業国際展開懇談会委員。
テレビ番組カルチャージャパンのディレクターと司会。
twitter.com/dannychoo
facebook.com/dannychoodotcom

Related

  • Summary of 2008

    New years greetings comrades! How is the beginning of 2009 treating you so far? Wanted to publish the e...

     Fri 09/01/02
    180
    157286
  • Tokyo 2001 - 2004

    Following on from Tokyo 1999 - 2001. 2001 August was when I joined Amazon but will leave the nitty grit...

     Sat 08/10/04
    125
    126587
  • A week in Tokyo 7

    Not so many external meetings for the past week and have been frantically working on the next major cha...

     Tue 08/02/19
    68
    116169
  • Yokohama Chinatown

    There are a few things I miss about living in London. Walks by the river Thames. The 38 round bus from ...

     Sun 08/12/07
    164
    158789

Comments

Create Comment Show comments
  1. Loading-pulse