Bicycle Parking Policies in the Netherlands



Bicycle Parking Policies in the Netherlands

Authors

SLANGEN B, Ministry of Transport, The Netherlands

Description

Congested cities, poor accessibility of economic centres and damage to the living environment as a result of the continually increasing use of the car have led to greater structural attention to bicycle policies being given by local authorities in the Net

Abstract

Congested cities, poor accessibility of economic centres and damage to the living environment as a result of the continually increasing use of the car have led to greater structural attention to bicycle policies being given by local authorities in the Netherlands. Up to now municipal attention to the bicycle has focused primarily on provisions for road infrastructure. However, this does not go far enough. To be able to offer a high standard of facilities for door-to-door bicycle movement, attention to additional measures is needed. These centre mainly on good, safe parking facilities for the bike, not only at points of departure and arrival but also at transfer points such as bus and train stations.

In this context, the project group Masterplan FietsÕ took the initiative in 1993 in compiling a guideline for local authorities in the development and implementation of bicycle parking policy. This initiative was then worked on in detail by a broadly-based working group and resulted in the publication ÕMaking way for the bicycleÕ.

This paper first examines the question as to why bicycle parking policy forms an essential part of municipal bicycle policy. This is followed by a discussion of a number of items from the guideline.

Publisher

Association for European Transport