New York-based Manifesto Architecture is transforming sidewalk bicycle storage for urban cyclists with a colorful vertical storage system that looks like modern sculpture. Cyclists hang their bikes on the hooks at the base of a vertical conveyor belt, then hop on the system’s stationary bike to move the rack upwards using pedal power: http://bit.ly/Opazeb. Of course, bike shops have been using this kind of vertical storage for some time. Manufacturer Lift & Store, for example, has designed a variety of vertical bike lifts to maximize available retail space: http://wp.me/P4jFej-1d. Walk into bikes shops in Massachusetts, California, the D.C. area, and many other U.S. regions, and you’ll see the highly-practical predecessors of Manifesto’s street-level design.
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