Utrecht Unveils The World’s Largest Bike Parking Garage
The impressive building will house 12,500 bicycles, with some cyclists already claiming it’s not large enough!
As there are more sheep than people in New Zealand, there are considerably more bicycles than people in the Netherlands.
In the Netherlands, there’s a 43% chance that anybody who has traveled 4,6 miles or less will have done so by bicycle!
Among the countless positives and benefits of a huge bicycling population there remains one large conundrum to contend with, that of being able to safely leave and park your bicycle.
On August 7, Utrecht unveiled what they believe compromises a large part of the solution … the world’s largest bike parking garage. The huge garage is located underneath Utrecht’s central train station, where a staggering 40% of commuters arrive by biicycle.
The garage itself is roughly 184,000 square feet. It currently has space for 6,000 bicycles and will be able to accommodate a further 6,500 by the end of next year.
This impressive tally of 12,500 supersedes the current record-holder, Tokyo’s Kasai Station. The Tokyo garage also implements automated bike parking machines.
Cycling organization spokesperson Martjin van Es informed the Guardian, with a little assistance from a John Lennon quote, as follows …
Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans. By the time the politicians have made their decisions, and by the time things are built, there are more people cycling.”
SOURCE: The Guardian