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  (Source: FastCompany)
Automated underground bike parking in Japan

Bicycle use is an important part of daily life in Japan; crowded conditions make car use expensive and less convenient than in the west. Finding a place to park your vehicle close to home can involve large monthly fees, and you will be charged a fee every time you use the national highway system.

Bicycles are used for daily grocery shopping, for transporting children, and for getting to the all important train station. Many stations have large bicycle parking lots that can house thousands of bikes and charge a monthly fee for parking. Often the bicycles are parked by side by side up to as many as will fit. It is an expensive space consuming solution for the need for parking. These parking facilities are often manned by 3 to 4 people resulting in a higher monthly fee to pay for their wages.

In response to the need for a better way to park bicycles Giken has developed a multi-tiered storage facility that takes in your bicycle at an automated kiosk and stores it in an underground rotating parking system. According to FastCompany, the service costs 2,600 Yen ($29 USD) per month. A video of the service in action can be seen as a YouTube link in the FastCompany article.

Cost wise, the service is about the same as a traditional parking system, but the main advantage for the user is the quick and labor less retrieval of their bicycle. Normally you would need to walk in to the parking facility and find your bicycle among the hundreds of identical bikes. The space savings are also considerable when compared to a traditional bicycle parking area.



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Wow
By Spivonious on 12/29/2008 10:12:52 AM , Rating: 2
Neat idea, but $29 to park your bike?




RE: Wow
By Spivonious on 12/29/2008 10:14:33 AM , Rating: 2
Nevermind, I read the source article and discovered it's $29/month. That's a big piece of info missing from the DT article.


RE: Wow
By amanojaku on 12/29/2008 10:44:16 AM , Rating: 2
I hate to sound like a jerk, but one of the most common mistakes people make is criticizing the articles without reading the links. Yes, the articles should provide more detail, but links serve that purpose. DT isn't a replacement for other news outlets (yet?) It's more like a portal. Other people would disagree, but I rarely read a DT article without having to refer to the original source.


RE: Wow
By 16nm on 12/29/2008 10:52:50 AM , Rating: 2
Reading between the lines... You're taking a stab at Dailytech with this comment, right?


RE: Wow
By Mitch101 on 12/29/2008 11:23:09 AM , Rating: 3
As opposed to some who read the headline then start commenting without reading any of the article.

Or the apparent overabundance of English majors who traverse the web only to grade the articles on their grammar/spelling.

I commend you on your literacy.


RE: Wow
By mikecel79 on 12/29/2008 12:13:23 PM , Rating: 3
When most of the links go to other DT articles that are rarely ever relevant to the current article why should I click on the links? Most of the time the other article has nothing to do with the current one.

This article is an exception to the norm with the links but if you post information from other articles it needs to be correct. Stating the cost was $29 and leaving out per month makes the statement factually wrong. I'm glad he corrected it already but initially the OP had a right to point this out.


RE: Wow
By stonemetal on 12/30/2008 10:06:12 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
This article is an exception to the norm with the links but if you post information from other articles it needs to be correct. Stating the cost was $29 and leaving out per month makes the statement factually wrong.


It doesn't make the article factually wrong it makes the assumptions you made about the article factually wrong. It said the service cost $29, it didn't specify if that was per month, per year, per lifetime, per use. I assumed it was per month because that is the kind of parking rental I have seen. If he had said the cost was 29 with out specifying dollars euros or yen would it have been factually wrong? No it would have been unspecified and need clarification for it to make sense.


RE: Wow
By Spivonious on 12/29/2008 11:16:00 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks for adding this info in, Stephen.


RE: Wow
By Gul Westfale on 12/29/2008 2:14:17 PM , Rating: 1
i liek tehm chappaneese bisycles, and zey r realy cheep for 29 dolar but WEHRE IN CROUDED TOKIO WOOD U PARK TEHM OMG!!


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