• Eco Cycle, Japan’s automated underground bicycle storage system

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    The Japanese don’t cringe at shortages of space. Instead, these folks use their time to devise ways to use smaller areas to serve bigger purposes, like this underground bicycle parking system that has caught the attention of the world. One of the most popular modes of transport in Japan, the bicycle too requires sufficient parking space. So, a construction company called Giken came up with the solution and developed the Eco Cycle, an underground bicycle storing system capable of housing hundreds of bikes.

    The Eco Cycle is an 11 meter deep well that stores about 204 bicycles and takes about 2 months to set up. Located near Kounanhoshi Park in Japan, the underground parking system is automated and has a loading bay where users are required to park their bicycles. From there, the entire system automatically finds an empty slot for your bike and parks it there! The system takes about 8 seconds to park the bike and 8 seconds more to retrieve it, making it a fantastic solution for overcrowded cities!

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    [Via – Dannychoo]

    Topics: Lifestyle Tags: on June 13, 2013
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