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Underground Bike Storage

First off, no instructional video from Japan is complete without some large breasted cartoon characters…amirite?! Regardless, this is some next level public bicycle parking. Bike sharing may be making waves around the country right now, but one of the critiques has been the occupied public space at street level. Well, enter underground bicycle parking, where with a standard membership (no idea on pricing) you can securely lock your bike into one of these mechanical contraptions far away from bolt cutters and other street level dangers. It’s not a sharing program, of course, but down the line I could see the 200 bike capacity stations being used for such a program.

Still, I can’t help envision a robot takeover, or simple mechanical malfunction and having your bike trapped underground and out of reach indefinitely. The peace of mind knowing your bike is secure, even without a lock, may be worth it however.

Via Boing Boing

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  1. CJJune 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Everywhere needs a bunch of these everywhere.

  2. TonyJune 13, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    we used one of these in Yokohama near the train station, a bit different than the 3 story bicycle parking garage

  3. CJJune 14, 2013 at 7:41 am

    My favourite part is when the lady is talking about keeping bikes safe from bad weather and pranksters. I wonder what the pranksters were doing to bikes in japan.

  4. JapanTrackJune 16, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Amazing, we need these everywhere. They’re going to be expensive but they would save a lot of money in theft, damage etc.

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