Posted: Friday, July 9, 2010 by greeni in misc

This urban bicycle-rental dispenser was developed by industrial design agency Springtime and engineer consultants Post&Dekker—both located in Amsterdam. The system allows for one-way trips; an interested rider can rent the bike at one machine and drop it off at another. For tracking purposes, the bikes are equipped with RFID chips, so if “misplaced,” they’re easy to find. In 2007, the first bike vending machines were installed near two different Dutch train stations, the same year the company won a Spark Design & Architecture award. Photo courtesy of

  1. This reminds me of something WAY cooler in Japan. Check out this video:

    On the streets of Japan, they have built deep wells for bicycle storage, all robot controlled, of course. It’s an awesome engineering feat and a great bicycle storage solution.

    • greeni says:

      That’s pretty cool man! I tend to think that what is nice about bicycles and everything related to travelling on bicycles – esp. in urban spaces – is the elegance of minimal resources and design, while still being incredibly effective in relation. Simplicity, in a word. So the complexity of driving those pillars into the ground, all that metal, the robot, the computers and card readers, the maintenance teams, etc., seems to go against that aesthetic that I find so appealing about cycling and is perhaps just a little too neat a solution for my taste. But hey, it’s Japan and indeed, I agree, quite a technological feat and a rather practical solution. Thanks for the link!

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