Famed for its flat landscape, perfect for cycling, the Netherlands has today completely opened the largest bicycle parking facility anywhere in the world in the city of Utrecht.

The facility has 12,500 spaces over three floors for bike parking which are open 24/7. The first 24 hours of parking completely free.

The Municipality of Utrecht, ProRail and NS (Dutch Railways) jointly developed the facility employing Dutch contractor BAM and will continue to manage the multi-storey known as Stationsplein over the coming years.

The decision to build such a facility was taken as part of a strategy in which hundreds of millions of euros will be used to improve cycling infrastructure across the Netherlands.

Stientje van Veldhoven, junior infrastructure minister, said “We are striving to make it [the Netherlands] a cyclists’ paradise and there’s still much to be done.

“I’d like us to make better use of what I call this secret weapon against congestion, poor air quality in cities and climate change that is also good for your health and your wallet.”

Project construction facts

  • The facility’s gross floor space is 21,373 m2
  • Sheet piles 10,000 m2
  • Piles 25,000 m
  • Earth moved 51,000 m3
  • Concrete 17,500 m3
  • Reinforcement 2,615 tonnes
  • Prefab columns 232 units
  • Prefab stairs and landings 52 units
  • Timber frame construction walls 2,227 m2
  • Metal cassettes 4,389 m2
  • Wooden slats against wall 4,035 m2
  • Screed floors 16,000 m2
  • Plastic floor finish 16,000 m2
  • 3 glass houses with staircases

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