The Utrecht Central Station bicycle parking – the one that is going to be the biggest in the world – is open for about 11 months now. During the morning rush hour so many people arrive here at almost the same time, that the average number of bicycles going through the one entrance is two bicycles per second.
The south part of the “largest bicycle parking garage in the world”, that has no name but “Stationsstalling” (Station bicycle parking garage), is still under construction. Originally it was to be finished by the end of this year, but judging from the building activities and knowing how things went with the other two new large facilities (the Jaarbeurspleinstalling and the Knoopstalling) I have the feeling we’ll have to wait until 2019 before the south end opens. By that time the facility will have two entrances (south and north) but so far there is only one, which makes that everybody has to arrive through that one north entrance.
The numbers are impressive, even for the partly opened facility. There are now 9,000 bicycle parking places. When I was at a cycle event recently in Utrecht one of the speakers said that in the morning rush hour the entrance has to process 2 bicycles per second. I had to see that for myself of course and so I posted at that entrance and filmed it. It looks like the speaker was not exaggerating. There are indeed very many people arriving at the same time. If you wouldn’t know better you’d think this is a busy thoroughfare, but it isn’t. All the people you see entering the facility are arriving to park their bicycle and take the train to elsewhere in the Netherlands.
The entrance to the -soon to be- largest bicycle parking garage in the world.