One major deterrent for city bicyclists is lack of parking. Some Japanese cities have taken it upon themselves to remedy the problem with the Eco Cycle, a profoundly weird machine that takes your bike and parks it underground for safe-keeping. It costs 2,600 yen for a monthly ticket to use the park. Students pay 1,300 yen.
This underground bicycle parking cylinders was impressed.
At each gate there is a simple card reader. One has to take out a monthly contract to use these ones but there are some around Tokyo where anybody can park their bicycle.
to use it... We just swipes our card and a few seconds later the doors open, and docks the front wheel of our bicycle there.
This is what the bicycle park looks like underground.
The Eco Cycle can store up to 144 bicycles underground - retrieval and storage in seconds. The longest it takes is 10 seconds.
The company who makes this is Giken who also make stuff like tidal and flood defense systems.
The Eco Cycle caters for bicycles which are less than 1,950mm in length and less than 1,250mm in height. Tyre size has to be less than 28 inches.
Interesting how the Japanese use a mixture of mm, cm and inches.source: annychoo.com