More parking spaces for Dutch bikers
Dutch provinces and municipalities may get an additional 90,000 bike parking spaces by 2020. The 17 million euro move was announced Tuesday as part of efforts by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment to boost bike storage at railway stations.
The extra parking will be built along the country’s busiest rail lines including routes in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague. If successful, extra spaces will be added to smaller stations.
The tens of thousands of extra parking spots may not be enough, however. According to a 2010 report from research bureau Berenschot, 140,000 to 260,000 extra spaces are needed across the country. That would cost the ministry upwards of 450 million euros.
Infrastructure Minister Melanie Schultz said that municipalities must do more to optimise bike storage capacities. For example, by removing abandoned bicycles. Currently, about 20 percent of cycles in parking racks are abandoned.
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