Last month, Culture Japan director Danny Choo ran a piece on his website about underground bicycle parking in Japan. We were so overwhelmed by the ingenuity, design, and forward thinking that led to such a system that we just had to spread the good word.
The video explains how the whole system works, but basically underground bike parking clears up valuable space on the streets and effectively eliminates concerns about bike vandals or thieves, therefore encouraging citizens to bike more. This means Japanese cyclists are saving money and practicing eco-friendly alternatives to motorized transportation. Beautiful.