World’s biggest bicycle parking opens in Utrecht
In the Dutch city of Utrecht the biggest bicycle parking in the world is being built. When the project will be finished, 12.500 bikes can be stored in three underground levels. On Monday, the first part was inaugurated and from now on 6.500 bicycle parking spaces can be used in the city center of Utrecht, under the central station’s square
Cyclists can check-in with a personal chip card, which can also be used for other public transport services. Parking is free of charge during the first 24 hours, afterwards users pay 1,25 euro a day. In the building are vacant parking spaces, reserved parking spaces and also 720 bikes for the bike sharing system. There is also a shop and a workshop for bicycle repairs.
Parking near station
This parking is near tot the station and gives an easy access to the platforms. There are parking lots for different bicycle types because some bikes have larger tires or child seats which makes them bigger so they do not fit in a regular bicycle rack.
Parking assistants help visitors during the start-up. Martijn van Es, spokesman of the Dutch Bicycle Council says: “This kind of bicycle parking spaces will be the future. It has more parking space than Amsterdam and it will even be bigger than the one in Tokio with 9.400 spaces, actually the world’s biggest today”.
“There’s a run on bicycle parkings in Holland”, says van Es. “We hope this project can inspire other cities. The check-in system with the chip card is already being used in other parkings. Let’s hope we won’t see a queue when the holidays are over.” For the moment cyclists make pictures with there smartphones to make it easier to find their bicycles again when they return.