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Old 09-01-08, 06:18 AM
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Now THIS is a bike rack ($67 Million!) - Video

In the city of Edogawa - the newly installed $67 Million bike rack system - watch the video!

http://robbieroo.blogspot.com/2008/0...e-parking.html
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Old 09-01-08, 07:30 AM
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$67 Million. Sixty-Seven? Dollars?

Holy ****.......
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I saw that or one just like it about a year ago.
What this vid doesn't show is the elaborate workings underneath.
The storage area reminded me of the Matrix.
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Old 09-01-08, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by d2create View Post
The storage area reminded me of the Matrix.
I thought of Monster Inc.
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Old 09-01-08, 08:54 AM
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sadly it would find no use in the states and would probably have a charge greater than the cost of a bus ride from your home. The U.S. makes sure it's not bike friendly unless you have the crappiest bike and actually want to leave it outside.
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Old 09-01-08, 09:02 AM
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In cities where a majority of people use bicycles, the cost is completely justified.

This unfortunately wouldn't be feasible in the states.
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Old 09-01-08, 10:01 AM
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Nice!
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Wonder what it's capacity is, and what customers do when they get to it to find that it's full/broken?
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Old 09-01-08, 11:52 AM
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Doesn't surprise me. The Japanese are serious about technology and bicycle commuting. I think there are more bike commuters in the city of Toyko than the entire USA. Pretty cool stuff.
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Hmm 22 seconds to get your bike back. How many portals are there that you can use to secure and return the bike. If it's only one and there are bunch of people......
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What? They could have just gotten a bike tree: http://austinbikeblog.org/?p=74
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Old 09-01-08, 01:22 PM
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That bike tree idea is pretty awesome
I think I will make something like that for my garage!
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Japan has one of the greatest population densities. They need to conserve space. Hence the popularity of bikes.

(I didn't RTFA, sorry)
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They have been using systems just like this for cars so its only natural. I highly doubt the traffic of it is that big of a deal considering you are not going to leave your bike there just for an hour stop.
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This reminds me of the car parking/storage scene in iRobot where Will Smith's Audi is stored in a rack system.

But yeah, aside from NYC and Portland, there probably aren't enough bikes in most US cities to justify this kind of system.
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