City of Utrecht Opens Largest Bicycle Parking Lot In The World


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The first phase of what will become the world’s largest bicycle parking garage has opened to the public in Utretch, The Netherlands. Currently with a capacity of 6,000 parking spaces, by late 2018 it will have enough space to house 12,500 bicycles – outpacing the current record holder Tokyo’s 9,400-capacity Kasai underground station in Tokyo. When completed, the garage and its surrounding area will contain space as many as 22,000 bikes.


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The bicycle garage is part of a large redevelopment of the Stationsplein central railway station, a project designed by Ector Hoogstad Architecten and undertaken by the City of Utrecht, ProRail and NS (Dutch Rail). The 22,000 total spaces will be divided amongst five bicycle-specific lots near station entrances to allow for multi-modal commuting.


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Open 24 hours a day, the parking garage utilizes a digital system to help riders find their spots, powered by the chip-embedded card used for the city’s public transportation systems. Cyclists will also have access to a bicycle service station that will repair and maintain bikes and sell parts and accessories.


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Parking is divided into three levels: the top and bottommost will be used for day-time storage, while the middle floor will offer longer-term parking. A special area will offer space for unusual bike models, such as tandems or bikes with wider handlebars. To top it all off, parking is free for up to 24 hours.


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“It is the ultimate wish to have as many bicycle racks as there are bicycles, so that all cyclists can park their bicycle in a rack,” the city proclaimed as their goal in a statement.

News via City of Utrecht.

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