Utrecht is characterised by bikes. Wherever one goes, the bike is a popular choice to get there. The city wants to maintain cycling as a popular choice for short trips and increase cycling for trips of up to 7.5 km in the city centre. There is however a shortage of places where people can leave their bike already. With the growth of the city, especially with the development of the Leidsche Rijn area that is projected to attract 90,000 new residents, and the redevelopment of the area around the central station, Utrecht does not want to let a lack of parking spots discourage people from cycling. That is why the city is taking a close look at parking facilities for bikes in the city centre.
The goal of this measure is to:
• Encourage longer cycling trips of up to 7.5 km through the provision of new bike parking facilities for 3,500 bikes.
If people are to move around the city by bike, a sufficient number of parking spots need to be available and different options need to be offered to meet people’s varying needs. The city is working on an integrated action plan for bicycle parking in the city centre for different target groups. Some cyclists are happy to leave their bike unguarded, while others prefer to know their bike guarded to prevent loss or damage. Utrecht aims to create new guarded parking facilities for 2,950 bikes and unguarded facilities for 435 bikes. Facilities for carrier cycles will be created and improved, as well.
The city is targeting potential bicycle users with this measure, meaning all citizens and commuters that are travelling to the city centre. Other stakeholders that the city will involve include local and regional authorities, visitors, interest groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and cyclists groups, environmental organisations, the tourism sector, neighbouring municipalities, shopkeepers and companies.