Posted by: shoji | April 23, 2008

Bicycle commute: parking

Parking can be a problem whether you’re driving or riding.

On day 2 of bike commuting, I definitely have nice things to say, though locking up a bike is a pain. And I walk away with some anxiety, wondering whether my bicycle will be there after I return from work or vandalized.

(Full disclosure: my first bicycle was stolen from my driveway in safe suburbia when I was in elementary school. Bastards!)

Japan– experts in “making-it-complex”– have the perfect rube-goldberg solution to space efficiency and safety from theft and vandalism: a carousel-parking system.

via Gizmodo



  1. Hi. Please join the Bicycle to Work! LinkedIn networking group. Members pledge that they will try to ride their bicycle to work or on an errand at least once a week. Although the benefits should be obvious, let me outline them here.

    Right now people in the industrialized world are facing two very grave problems: obesity and a growing scarcity of oil. Compounding this problem is the new food shortage brought about, in part, by the conversion of food cropland to bio-fuel crop production. Most people feel powerless to help, but there is one thing that we can do. Ride our bicycles to work.

    If everyone would agree to ride their bikes to work one day per week we could cut oil consumption by as much as 10-15%. No one would argue that riding a bike burns more calories than driving the car. Although popular politically right now, most bio-fuels consume more energy than they produce. We would be much better to eat those bio-crops then use our own energy to transport us around.

    So spread the word. Make it a movement! Bicycle to work one day a week and do your part to cut back obesity and the overuse of oil and precious cropland.

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  2. I hope your bike is still there. I remember,cousin Andy ‘s new bike was stolen on the first day he rode to school tow years ago.

    Japanese bike parking system is great.

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