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Tokyo’s Eco-Cycle Park Bicycle Elevator Stores 144 Bikes Underground

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On June 11, 2013 @ 5:55 pm In Bicycles,Green Transportation,News | 6 Comments

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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 [1] 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 [2] that ensures complete safety for cycles. Hit the jump to see a video of the bicycle park in action!

YouTube Preview Image [3]

This emission-free [4] 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 [5] safety.

+ Eco-Cycle Underground Bike Park [6]

Via Core77 [7]

Photos by Flickr user Danny Choo [8]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Giken Seisakusho Co. LTD: http://www.giken.com/en/

[2] parking solution: http://inhabitat.com/cyclehoops-car-shaped-bike-racks-store-10-bicycles-in-a-single-parking-spot/cyclehoop-bike-rack1/

[3] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcZSU40RBrg

[4] emission-free: http://inhabitat.com/cella-energy-announces-emission-free-gas-for-1-50-per-gallon/

[5] underground: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/the-low-line-a-spectacular-two-acre-underground-park-to-be-constructed-in-nycs-lower-east-side/

[6] + Eco-Cycle Underground Bike Park: http://www.giken.com/en/developments/eco_cycle/

[7] Core77: http://www.core77.com/blog/transportation/a_look_inside_japans_suh-weet_underground_automated_bicycle_server_25022.asp

[8] Danny Choo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dannychoo/with/9010388817/

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