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October 25, 2021
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The coolest and largest cycle-park in the world is now open in Utrecht, Netherlands

The city of Utrecht, 50 kilometres south of Amsterdam, wants to be the most bike-friendly place in the world. To become just that, the city recently opened Phase 1 of its new bike-parking facility and it’s now the largest of its kind in the world. Six thousand parking spaces are currently available over three levels; there’ll be room for 12,500 bikes when completed in 2018. Designed by Ector Hoogstad Architects, the enormous cycle-park is located below the city’s main train station (Station Square) and features a “bike trough” so cyclists can ride straight to their parking space. The cycle-park is colour-coded with electronic signals that tell users where the empty spaces are. There’ll be a repair shop and a bike-rental shop too. The facility is open 24/7; parking is free for the first 24 hours. Amazingly, many critics have said the cycle-park doesn’t go far enough to accommodate the country’s ever-increasing volume of cyclists.

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