Sunday, 17 February 2008

Bicycle parking in Japan

As you can see from the above photo we have some large bicycle parking spaces here in Japan. The photo above shows the bicycle park at Niigata city station. Located on the other side of the station is an underground bicycle park as well, some people seem to use these parks as a dumping ground for broken down or unwanted bicycles but the eagle eyed parking attendants place notices on these bikes then after a set period the bicycles are taken away to a city lockup compound for unwanted bicycles. It's not uncommon for some resident's to dump a bicycle because of some minor mechanical fault such as a flat tire etc. And buy a new one instead of getting their bicycle fixed and because of the influx of cheap Chinese made bicycles you can now purchase a poorly made bike that will get you about town for little more than the cost of basic bicycle repairs.

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