Bicycle Parking Lots

Darn it, where did I leave my bike?!

I case you had any doubt about the ubiquity and centrality of the bicycle in Dutch life, or the sheer number of bicycles in Holland, your doubts will be set straight by taking the rear exit from the Utrecht Centraal station and visting the the bicycle parking lot.

I’ve never seen so many bicycles in my life. Are there even that many people in Utrecht to ride all those bicycles?

Like most things in Holland, the bicycle parking lot is well organized, clean, and efficient. It wouldn’t do to just park your bike against an old-school bike rack. That’s so Dark Ages. Rather, you can park your bike on a bright, shiny, and new two-storey-expert-engineered-bike-rack which appears like a formidable wall of bikes. Just remember where you parked it, because there are literally thousands of bicycles in there…


About Home Strange Home

I first left the US in 1999, when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve spent 13 years living abroad - 3 in Canada, 7 in Europe, and 3 in Africa. Now I've finally returned to the US on a one-way plane ticket. I arrived home in late January 2014 and set foot in the US for the first time in nearly 2.5 years. In Home Strange Home, I blog about the ups and downs of my re-acculturation experience.
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2 Responses to Bicycle Parking Lots

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  2. Yvette says:

    Have you seen the parking lot for bikes in Amsterdam? I parked my bike there once and forgot where i put it. It took me 20 minutes to find it back, but thanks to my striped stickers it stood out a bit compared to the general brown and dark blue bikes.

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