Author Topic: Will we ever need one of these?  (Read 1351 times)


LEE

Re: Will we ever need one of these?
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2009, 12:06:17 am »
Wow that's cool.  I've never seen inside Liz & Charlotte's Seekrit Bunker before

clarion

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Re: Will we ever need one of these?
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2009, 09:04:10 am »
I think that's our dining room :-\
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Seineseeker

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Re: Will we ever need one of these?
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2009, 10:38:36 am »
It's the future!

Re: Will we ever need one of these?
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2009, 10:45:22 am »
Similar number of bikes (although nowhere near as neat, nor undercover) at Cambridge station:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/58/Cambridge_Railway_Station_Bicycle_Racks.jpg

That's about a tenth of it, they've extended it to the back/right of that photo.
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Re: Will we ever need one of these?
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2009, 10:47:47 am »
*sigh*

How the other half live... over in the civilised world.

It's wonderful to see, and then instantly depressing when you realise just how far removed the UK is from that sort of approach.

Re: Will we ever need one of these?
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2009, 01:26:29 pm »
Try Japan -

Kasai station - 9400 bikes in an automated jitensha parking tower.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/wE4fvwTBtno&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/wE4fvwTBtno&rel=1</a>
From the bit at the end, I think it's 100 yen a go, & 1800 yen for  . . .  ? Probably a monthly ticket.

The "response" video is a jazzed-up one, but shows someone cycling to & from it, as well as depositing his bike, so you get a view of cycling in a Tokyo inner suburb.

Note the parking problems they have. Hordes of bikes in the street, some with "This bike will be removed" tags.

And a smaller, underground one - Cool Japan: Fancy underground robot bike parking in Tokyo &mdash; Autoblog Green

This is more traditional -

The sign says 1500 yen. Probably per month. Note the direction arrows. One way cycling in this jitensha park.

The station in the suburb where Mrs Bs mother lives has a few floors of old-style wheel your bike in parking.
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Re: Will we ever need one of these?
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2009, 01:45:57 pm »
Love the way that every single one of those bikes had mudguards, most had a carrier.  Very different to the mtb-shaped BSO's at Cambridge.

thing1

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Re: Will we ever need one of these?
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2009, 01:52:32 pm »

Kasai station - 9400 bikes in an automated jitensha parking tower.
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I can just see the faces of a peloton of riders from here, with their trikes, bents, and tandems, (or combinations there of) not to mention expensive carbon forks turning up at that facility!
Utterly fascinating to watch though.

Re: Will we ever need one of these?
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2009, 05:12:12 pm »

His camera doesn't stop through lack of memory...
It just couldn't cope anymore with the awesomeness of it all.
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clarion

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Re: Will we ever need one of these?
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2009, 08:29:52 pm »
Best one I know in this country is On Your Bike's London Bridge Bike Park.  400 spaces.  Nowhere near enough, but a start.
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