Automated Bike Storage In Japan Is Cool, Fast

April 25, 2008

This is some sort of news report about an underground automated bike storage facility in Tokyo.

For a single-use fee of 100 yen (about $1) or 1,800 yen for a monthly pass, customers roll their bikes onto a platform and use a control panel to have them whisked away to a rack within the 9,400 spot facility. The video shows that it takes the system 23 seconds to retrieve the reporter's bike.

Wow, 23 seconds, that's pretty fast. But not nearly as fast as my bike storage unit, which is the front yard. I just cruise in and jump off, simple as that. See, it's right -- shit. That's it, I'm planning a sting operation. First I'll hide in the bushes, and then I'm gonna steal from the first person that touches my bike. I may take their wallet, but I'm definitely taking their legs -- with a chainsaw. Now if I could just find one of those hockey masks...

Underground Bike Parking in Tokyo [streetsblog]

Thanks to Karina, who I would be more than happy to pedal around on my tandem bike, for the tip

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