“World’s largest” bike storage facility opens in Utrecht

Utrecht has opened a new bicycle parking facility which when finished will lay claim to being the world’s largest, eventually capable of housing some 12,500 cycles.

At present 6,000 spaces are operational, with 7,500 expected to be in use by the end of the year. The final tally is hoped to be ready by the end of 2018.

Enhanced storage is one of a few significant investments in multi-modal travel at Utrecht station and comes thanks to a collaboration with the municipality, the NS and ProRail groups.

Digital signage will direct riders to the nearest parking spaces, which will be set over a number of floors. An app is also to go live enabling users to locate a space.

The Utrecht facility will overtake The Hague’s offering, currently the largest in the Netherlands and soon to offer an enhanced capacity of 8,500. The world’s largest is believed to be found in Tokyo where 9,400 bicycle parking spaces are found at a single transport hub.