What I’m going to talk to you about is already something that exists in Japan for quite a while, but wouldn’t it be something for the Netherlands ? The country with more bikes than people ? Automatic Underground Bike Parking.
This is the solution followed by the lack of space, and especially parking space for the high amount of bikes, in Tokyo, Japan.
“A Cycle Tree is an innovative mechanical parking system for bicycles. It is a fully automated system that enables simple and speedy entry/exit of a large number of bicycles in a limited space.” JFE Engineering
How does it work ? A little tag stuck to your bike identifies it to the computer, which then puts it away safely in these so called “Cycle Trees”.
When you come back to pick up your bike, you just swipe your card, and your bike will return to the surface in about 30 seconds.
You think this kind of system would fit in the Netherlands or in other countries where the use of the bike is so common and widespread? This would mean no more searching for a spot, being afraid that your bike will get stolen and it will save each of us quite an amount of time. Sounds ideal for the impatient contemporary society, on the run, and of course for the growing lack of space in big cities.