The largest bicycle parking in the world opens its doors on Monday in Utrecht. With 12,656 parking spaces, including 480 spaces for larger or oddly shaped bicycles such as cargo bikes and tandems, parking at Utrecht Station Square easily beats the previous record, held by a bicycle garage in Tokyo with 9,400 parking spaces, reports Trouw.
“From abroad they watch with envy everything we do here for cycling,” ProRail project manager Lidwien van Kessel told the newspaper. “Here, we are on the front line.
From Monday it will also be possible for cyclists to cross the bicycle garage under Stationsplein from Moreelsepark to Smakkelaarsveld and vice versa. The two directions of the main bike path are separated in the garage by bike racks.
Disabled cyclists and cyclists with season tickets will be able to park next to the main cycle path. Other cyclists can opt for a slow ramp to the first floor or to the basement and park their bikes there. Parking in the new bicycle garage is free for the first 24 hours, after which it costs 1.25 euros per 24 hours.
To help cyclists navigate the three-storey bicycle garage, electronic signs indicate free spaces and large numbers on the floor near the bike racks to help cyclists find their bikes.
According to Van Kessel, who helped develop the car park, the design specifically took into account that everyone should feel safe in the garage. “There is light everywhere and you can look at different levels in different places. Also, the parking lot is monitored and there are cameras. As a woman, I will also pick up my bike here at ten o’clock in the evening .”
The parking lot of the world’s largest bicycle garage is expected to fill up quickly, said Richard Maree of RataPlan bicycle storage manager in Trouw. In total, there are now 22,000 bicycle parking spaces around Utrecht Central Station. ProRail estimates that around 30,000 are needed.
The brand new bicycle parking at Utrecht station will open on August 19th. It will have 12,500 bicycle parking spaces on 17,000 m².
Apple’s headquarters opened in 2017. It has 11,000 parking spaces on 325,000 m².
Who is building the smart city, again? pic.twitter.com/3DilIGI7W2
— Mitchell Reardon (@MitchellReardon) August 12, 2019
Ik 4, jij 4t, wij 4en allemaal om 4 uur vanmiddag…!
Dat éín-dé-líjk de nieuwe rijen met rekken voor jou en je bike zijn! The direct official opening of the 2nd deel van de stalling is by grootste van de wereld helemaal van jou: de Stationspleinstalling. pic.twitter.com/h4TQ8amRYF
– CU2030 (@CU2030) August 19, 2019
Het lichtje staat op rood – Het lichtje staat op groen – In de Stationspleinstalling is altijd wat te doen. Hoe bedenk en bouw je de grootste fietsenstalling ter wereld? Marc van ProRail vertelt over de inrichting en hoe dat nou precies zit met dat rode & groene licht. pic.twitter.com/o9kCHJAIKn
– CU2030 (@CU2030) August 8, 2019