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?
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:
Enter the Underground Bike Parking Storage system.
Here’s how they work.
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!)
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…
What do you think? Cool? Or am I just a lonely geek?
Could be both, I’m not offended.
- Japan’s futuristic underground bicycle parking vaults (en.rocketnews24.com)
- Tokyo’s Eco-Cycle Park is a State-of-The-Art Underground Bicycle Elevator (inhabitat.com)
- Japan’s Automated Underground Bike Storage (twistedsifter.com)
- Japanese Bike Parking Systems are Just like Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg Towers [Video] (autoevolution.com)
- The Dutch Prize Their Pedal Power, but a Sea of Bikes Swamps Their Capital (nytimes.com)