Extra bicycle parking spaces in Utrecht city center

Girl parking her bicycle in the center of Utrecht. Cycling has been a sustainable method of transport in The Netherlands for centuries. Photo by Ronan Kruithof on Unsplash
Girl parking her bicycle in the center of Utrecht. Cycling has been a sustainable method of transport in The Netherlands for centuries. Photo by Ronan Kruithof on Unsplash

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This year and the following year, Utrecht will be installing 800 extra bicycle parking spaces at various locations in the city center. Last year the forecast was that 2600 places would be added in the coming years, but that has now been increased to 3400. More than 1800 of spots have already been created, including at one location at the Neude, which opened this year. Expect another 5,000 extra parking spots to appear around Utrecht Central Station up until 2025. The exact locations are still in planning phase.

House Modernes to host some 1,600 parking spaces alone

The newly inaugurated parking spots in the city center consist of 1350 permanent places on the street and 2050 places in indoor parking, pop-up parking and neighborhood parking. Most of the 1600 bicycle parking spaces that are yet to be realized will be housed in the in-house garage of House Modernes (formerly called the Planeet building in the city center).

An additional 228 spots will be built at the Voorstraat and Wittevrouwenstraat, where work is currently underway regarding the redesign. The Lange Nieuwstraat, where work is currently also underway, will have 80 additional places.

Early next year, a trial will be held on Nobelstraat / Lucasbolwerk with 125 places in a pop-up parking facility in the evening and at night, aimed towards the entertainment crowd. There are also a few dozen places on the street around the pedestrian area, at the Jacobi Church, on the Tolsteeg barrier and on the Westerkade.

More cyclists expected in years to come following pandemic

Due to increasing use of bicycles and the growing number of inhabitants, Utrecht expects to require even more bicycle parking places in the future, especially in the city center and around the Central Station.

Around the station, the forecast was that 9100 extra places will be needed before 2030. Depending on the duration of the corona crisis and subsequent recovery, it may take longer to reach this figure. Together with ProRail and NS, the municipality aims to create 5,000 additional places by 2025, spread over several locations.

In the city center, a count at the end of 2019 shows that the shortage of parking spaces is on average 4300, and at peak times 11,600. This is more than the previous calculation from 2017, which assumed a shortage of 4,000 places with peaks up to 6,000.

Source: City Hall

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