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How It Works – Underground Bicycle Parking Tower

June 26, 2009

I first heard of this underground bicycle parking from Ron’s blog. I lived in Kanagawa prefecture for two years. I was quite familiar with that situation. I also commuted by bicycle (single-speed) every day, summer and winter, sunny and rainy days. šŸ™‚ When I was there, they had discussed the bicycle parking problem around the train station in TV (even though I couldn’t speak Japanese I could still guess what they’re talking).

Since the land is very limited in a big city like Tokyo, they came out with an idea of storing bicycles deep into the ground. The first one, costing seven billion yens, was built in Kasai Station in Edogawa area of Tokyo.

My summary of this video:

  • This underground parking lot can store 9,400 bicycles
  • The diameter of this tower is 7 m and the depth is 15 m. One tower can store 180 bicycles. This underground parking lot has 36 towers.
  • It takes 23 seconds for the machine to send your bike back.
  • For one day usage, it costs 100 yen (~$1) and the monthly pass is 1,800 yen (~$18.8).

Amazing, isn’t it? Ron from Cozy Beehive recently reported back to us about how this underground parking lot works.

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