The Bike Vending Machine

Bike Dispenser 

In an attempt to be more eco friendly, a small Dutch company has installed bicycle vending machines in Amsterdam and also walked away with a 2007 Spark Design Award.

It’s a great idea to get people out of the cars in the big city, this urban bike-rental stand cold be installed at many locations throughout a city center. One rents a bike, pedals to the destination, then returns it to another ?dispenser? for a price roughly the same as a bus ticket. 

Other great locales to install a dispenser are at train stations, parking structures, shopping centers or other transit centers. The Bikedispenser is a fully automated, space-saving storage and dispensary system and was developed to increase ease-of-accessibility to those business areas lying within three kilometers of commonly used public transportation junctions.

The Bikedispenser capitalizes on the idea of the bicycle as the missing, final link in the commuter?s mobility chain. The Bikedispenser is the most compact storage system for bicycles in the world, with specially designed bicycles positioned a mere 16cm apart from each other. Each user?s identity is connected to an electronic ID tag (RFID) located within the bicycle, enhancing security and enabling various billing systems to operate.

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