In Japan, though, the authorities have come up with a solution, in the form of a new system of underground bicycle parking. Users set up an account with Eco Cycle, the system’s operator, and are issued a chip which is attached to the bike’s frame. When the cyclists wheel their bike towards the entrance to the parking, the system recognises the bike, grips the front wheel and whizzes it underground to an available parking space.
I met with one of the more interesting early-stage startups I’ve ran across this morning in East Austin. They’re nestled in a heavily wooded lot that’s a maker’s paradise. More to come on that, but here’s one of the more creative schematics: a sun oven mounted on a bicycle.
We’ve been exploring options for toilets for a while. We’ll probably do a composting toilet for our backyard space, but incorporating a design like this could also work in an outhouse-ish design.