New handbook from Amsterdam on improving inner-city bike parking

Author: Richard Adams

Amsterdam is the only capital city in the world with more bicycles than inhabitants. That poses a question though: how to provide parking for all of these bikes?

A new handbook from the City of Amsterdam reveals the city’s approach to doing so, with a particular focus on busy inner-city areas. In such locations, there is simply not always enough public space to facilitate parking.

To change this, the city developed a seven-step approach. This starts with optimising use of existing parking facilities in busy areas, followed by adding facilities at ground level. After this come another four steps: these can end with building large indoor parking facilities with 2,000 to 7,000 spaces at train stations and near large entertainment venues.

Through a combination of new parking facilities , on-the-spot communication, and a variety of other engagement measures, Amsterdam hopes to encourage to proper bicycle parking throughout the city and free up space in busy inner-city areas.

Read the handbook here to discover more on these best practices and the seven-step approach explained in more detail for all cities to follow.

The resource was produced as part of Amsterdam’s work within Handshake. Read its Handshake city page to discover more on what it has done in the project.

This project has received funding from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement no 769177.

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