A third large new bicycle parking facility was opened last Thursday in Utrecht. It is also the third largest parking garage near the central railway station, with a capacity of 3,000 bicycles. The Knoop stalling bicycle parking facility was built on an elongated piece of land parallel to the railway tracks, which gives it some unique characteristics.
Sweeping the red carpet that reads: “Welcome to the bicycle parking garage Knoop, dry, convenient, safe” (parking). The green screen above the door shows the total number of free parking spaces.
The facility was almost built back-to-back with one of the other two big garages, the Jaarbeurspleinstalling, that I wrote about when it was opened in 2014. But since the entrances to both are on the opposite ends, they seem a long way apart. The other big parking garage is on the other side of the railway tracks, the historic city centre side. That is the one which will be the largest in the world, once it is finished by the end of 2018, possibly early 2019. That facility was partly opened last year and it only has a north-entrance so far, because the south side is still under construction. That means there is a shortage on bicycle parking on the city centre side, south of the station. The entrance to this new Knoop facility is right under the new bridge across the railway tracks, the Moreelsebrug that I also wrote about in an earlier post in 2017. That is a very good location for the entrance, because people from the other side of the railway tracks, where there is that shortage on parking, can use the bridge to easily park in this facility. To show the people of Utrecht that this alternative exists, it will be connected to the city’s electronic bicycle parking guidance system, that Utrecht has since 2015. The Jaarbeurspleinstalling is often full and always very busy, so many people welcomed this alternative.