Tokyo’s underground bicycle storage system looks more like an elaborate mechanism from a sci-fi movie than a parking lot for cycles. Put into motion with a single push of a button, the Eco Cycle Anti-Seismic Underground Bicycle Park, built by Japanese engineering firm Giken Seisakusho Co. LTD is just seven meters wide, but it’s deep enough to store 144 bicycles. The system provides the city’s bike users with an efficient parking solution that ensures complete safety for cycles. Hit the jump to see a video of the bicycle park in action!
This emission-free way of navigating the city comes with a set of issues-bikes get stolen, while large bike parking areas tend to clutter the streets. Giken’s Eco-Cycle can hold up to 800 bikes and helps eliminate the nuisance of bicycle parking on the pavement.
The Japanese firm combined their long term experience of press-in technologies and developed the Eco-Cycle Underground Park with the design concept of “Culture Aboveground, Function Underground”. The user presses in a code and sends his or her bike on its way to underground safety.
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