Eco Cycle, one company producing the hi-tech bike storage facilities, believes the UK is ready for automated bike parking Automated robotic cycle parking could be on the cards for London – at least according to one company that provides the units.
Eco Cycle supplies high-density underground bike parking to megacities like Tokyo. In a video (link is external) produced by the BBC it was suggested such schemes could be the future for UK cities like London, where street space is at a premium.
Far from being gimmicks, the London Cycling Campaign says automated bike parking can be a logical solution to growing numbers of people cycling, as well as helping tackle cycle theft.
Nick Knight, of Eco Cycle Ltd, told the BBC he believes automated cycle parking could “revolutionise” the cycle industry, while helping reduce the 80,000-odd thefts of London bikes from streets and homes each year.
He said: “Where we see the market, and the interest, coming for automated cycle parking, is to have it on the street for the general public to be able to use, and for London and for other places in the UK, for instance, we’re very keen and want to implement a secure cycle parking network.”