Toda City, Saitama Prefecture
JR Saikyo Line, Toda Koen Station East Exit
Saikyo Line connecting the center of Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture was put into service in 1985. Three stations, including Toda Koen, Toda and Kita-Toda were established in Toda City. Though Toda City is adjacent to Tokyo, no railway service was available. Taking the advantage of this opportunity of the opening of the Saikyo Line, Toda City grew rapidly as a commuter town and its population increased rapidly. The area around the station began overflowing with bicycles of commuters. Toda City established a bicycle parking lot that accommodates 5,000 bicycles under the elevated railway tracks. However, an increase in users was far higher than expected and further measures were required.
In order to resolve an increase in bicycles of commuters, Toda City enacted a plan for letting out the land held for a city planning road to the private sector for building a bicycle parking lot.The city invited several private companies including NCD.
NCD carefully surveyed the immediate environment and carried out accurate planning based on expertise acquired over the years. Based on the estimate of more users commuting to work or to school than temporary users, NCD devised a rate plan that would not put burden on regular users. Convenience and management advantages of EcoStation21 were highly valued and NCD was selected as an operator from among several companies.
Bicycle parking lot opened at east exit of Toda Koen Station in 2006. Neatly organized and convenient bicycle parking lot was well-received by users and other interested parties. It is still highly utilized.
Gate type equipment was introduced. When the parking lot is full, the gate is closed and bicycles left in the parking lot can be prevented.
NCD plans to proactively address this type of project, i.e., development of bicycle parking lot using public land and idle land.