I covered before the fears of a shortfall in railway station parking in the Netherlands. There is actually some very good news that has come out of this.
The national railway company is promising to build 100000 (one hundred thousand) additional cycle parking spaces across 150 stations. That's an average of 666 extra cycle parking spaces per station.
They're also promising longer opening times for the guarded cycle parks, more cycle shops at railway stations (they do repairs while your bike is parked), improved wider cycle racks, that they'll be more active at removing abandoned bikes, and that there will be a lick of paint and other maintenance for existing cycle parks.
All this will take about five years to happen.
The question which remains is "is this enough ?" Let's hope it is.
Now, an average of 666 extra spaces per station. How does this compare with elsewhere ? To give an example, the number of extra spaces being installed in just five stations is more than the total parking at all 50 railway stations in London. It also compares very well with the amount at other places in the UK. There are quite a lot of cycle parking articles.
How many cycle parking spaces do you have at your local railway station ?
Thanks to Frits for pointing this article in the latest copy of "Spoor", the Dutch Railways magazine.
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