Here in New York City, there are a few select parking garages that are an example of master engineering. In Japan, the same concept applies to bicycles. Giken’s Eco-Park system involves an underground storage unit that is earthquake-proof and can hold a good number of bicycles (~50). For about $30, you can store your ride here each month and retrieve it whenever you see fit. It only takes about 11 seconds to retrieve a bike, too! Students only have to pay half of that and don’t have to worry about storing their bikes in already-small dorms.
Why don’t we have systems like this in the United States? It’s perfect for those with small studio apartments or dorm rooms, which is clearly the target demographic for the Eco-Park.