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Robotized Bicycle Parking Tower

26 July 2013
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We all know the Volkswagen’s car parking towers in Germany. However recently, a Czech bicycle importer installed a similar automated parking tower for bicycles at a railway station in the city of Hradec Kralove.

Robotized Bicycle Parking Tower

He has co-funded the building of a glass walled automated cycle parking tower. Users pay for their parking via a ticket machine, which enables access and retrieval of the bicycle. The tower can hold up to 117 bicycles on seven tiers.

The mechanical aspect of the system consists of a central unit with cushioned aluminium paddles resembling human hands that hold the bike’s front wheel into its mounting cradle. The unit can turn 360º degrees and ascend to place the bike into a bay. The retrieval time is around 30 seconds. The system allows bikes to be parked with all its accessories, even allowing a cycle helmet to be left on the handlebars.

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