Parking Facilities in Europe
Andrea White, Executive Director of US-based
smiles inside a Biceberg bike parking entry slot in
- People who aren't bicycle enthusiasts look at me
with part curiosity and part astonishment when I tell them I
recently went to Europe to learn about innovative bicycle parking
systems. But you, dear readers, will understand the thrill of
exploring grand cities like Barcelona, Amsterdam and Copenhagen with
an eye for innovative street designs that accommodate and even cater
to bicyclists. I know you would have shared the satisfaction I felt
when I saw people of all ages, many in the latest classy fashions,
children in tow, riding their bikes for transportation.
- In addition, I was accompanied by my colleagues and
dear friends from the Bikestation Coalition, Andrea White and
Todd Boulanger. Bikestation is a US-based not-for-profit
organization that offers secure bicycle parking and related services
to make cyclists' lives easier. The group will soon begin operating
Bikestation Santa Barbara, in the new Granada Garage, as our first
24 hour un-staffed facility.
Here's an example of the huge demand for bike
parking in Amsterdam.
The ferry in the foreground is free and
designed so bikes and motor scooters can roll on and off.
is filled with bicyclists crossing this short passage.
- Amsterdam, Netherlands: We all know that
Amsterdam is teeming with bicycles, but many don't know that bike
parking and theft are big problems that city officials and bike
planners are still working to manage. We visited a number of
facilities operated by a group called BikeLocker. These facilities
provide secure, underground parking and most are staffed so as to
provide bike maintenance and general facility upkeep.
- Barcelona, Spain: On a bright sunny day in
Barcelona, we met up with Jamie Palacios who showed us his
innovative bike parking installation called Biceberg. His
ingenious design takes up about four car parking spaces on two
floors where it can hold up to 92 bikes, which are organized in
individual pie-shaped containers on turnstiles. This allows the user
to leave bike gear in the container along with the bicycle, and the
parking is completely secure and shielded from the elements. Visit
to understand the system.
Bicyclists use the ramp from the street level
underground bike parking for 3500 bicycles in Münster,
- Münster, Germany: Although the Westfalia
region of Germany has over fifty Radstations (Bikestation in
German), the facility in Münster is by far the largest and most
impressive. It holds up to 3500 bikes and is located directly
adjacent to the main train station. A bike specific ramp leads down
to the underground bike parking area and the building's architecture
is reminiscent of the Louvre in Paris. There is a full-scale bike
shop, and rental bikes are available.
- I plan to put together a slide-show of photos from
my trip, so stay tuned if you are interested in hearing more about
my bicycle parking adventures in Europe.