Underground Parking… For Bikes? Yes, Please!

We should always applaud people and cultures who reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and practise healthy modes of transportation like the bicycle but what about parking?

Parking Lot for Bikes
Parking Lot for Bikes

Every city has storage problems but Tokyo never ceases to amaze me with their technology and forward thinking. If you’ve been to Amsterdam or most Japanese towns/cities you’ve seen this:

Another bike parking lot
Another bike parking lot

Or this:

...and yet another parking lot.
…and yet another parking lot.

Enter the Underground Bike Parking Storage system.

The future is now...
The future is now…

Here’s how they work.

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The only thing cooler than these are the ones they have for cars. Yes, cars! I take a picture of one when ever we go to Japan, no matter how many times I’ve seen them. (Google them, it’s pretty rad’.)

Outside of the “cool” factor, I don’t don’t know why American cities have not adopted this amazing technology (for cars and bikes) into our own highly over crowded cities (New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco I’m looking at you!)

C'mon, Look at how much space this saves!
C’mon, Look at how much space this saves!

If you need a better idea of these futuristic and practical storage facilities, check out this video from “Tokyo Storm Trooper” also known as Danny Choo.

Maybe the Dutch could use some pointers from the Japanese…

Amsterdam has more bicycles than people, and although it has thousands of bike racks, demand for them still outstrips supply.
Amsterdam has more bicycles than people, and although it has thousands of bike racks, demand for them still outstrips supply.

What do you think? Cool? Or am I just a lonely geek?

Could be both, I’m not offended.

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Author: hikikomori78

American Hikikomori is an upcoming short film that explores the emotional struggles of a Japanese teenager named Isamu Fujihara, when he moves to America.

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