Bike parking Tokyo style

April 24, 2008

Thanks to Adam Bowie for for pointing me to First Draft to see this fabulous bike parking facility at Tokyo’s Kasai Station.

For a single-use fee of ¥100 (about 50p) or ¥1,800 for a monthly pass, customers roll their bikes onto a platform and use a control panel to have them whisked away into the secure underground facility that can accommodate over 9,000 bikes.

The video shows that it takes the system only 23 seconds to retrieve the reporter’s bike.

It strikes me as the ideal solution to one of the biggest reasons why many people say they don’t cycle to work — the lack of secure bike parking.

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3 Responses to “Bike parking Tokyo style”

  1. Rach Says:

    That’s amazing! Somebody tell Ken. Or whoever ends up being Ken next week.

  2. Tim Says:

    Hi Adrian,

    Just came across your blog and looks like you’ve got alot of interesting views on cycling! I’m also a bit of a cycling fan and always cycle to and from university, and take part in a few charity rides now and then (london to cambridge is a favourite).

    I wondered what you would consider to be the top reasons why people don’t cycle to work more often in London? The reason I ask is that I’ve got a job interview for Transport for London on Wednesday morning and have been writing a report on cycling and walking in London as part of the assessement process. Any views that you could add would be much appreciated.

    Kind regards

    Tim

  3. Adrian Fitch Says:

    Hi Tim

    Apart from a lack of secure parking, the perception of how dangerous it is to cycle on the road must discourage a lot of people. Also, London’s weather must be a factor. Our city isn’t exactly known for its long, hot summers.

    Good luck on Wednesday.


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