World’s Largest Bike Parking Garage Opens

A parking garage that holds 12,656 bikes opens today in Utrecht, The Netherlands. It’s the largest garage for bikes in the world and includes nearly 500 spaces for tandem, double, or odd-shaped bikes along with standard cycles.

The garage is three stories tall, features electronic wayfinding and bike-finding technology, offers first-floor spots for disabled users, and features an underground tunnel that lets bikers cross part of town. Bike parking is free for 24 hours and then costs 1.25 euros per day. The city, in which biking is the preferred way to get around, is still short about 8,000 needed bike parking spaces, officials say, and the garage is expected to fill quickly.

Read the news story here, and read an in-depth profile of the garage here.