14 April 2012

Antwerp Bicycle Parking at Central Station


Not only is Antwerp Central Station the most beautiful train station I've ever seen, they have the most gorgeous and comprehensive bicycle parking facility I've ever seen. Nothing, anywhere, can beat this.

11 comments:

IP said...

I want one :)

A Beautiful City said...

Well, it's big, but is it beautiful?

:)

NorthSport.dk said...

WOW - just WOW!
Some of these in DK please.

St Etienne said...

Antwerp Station is indeed a beautiful place, however this just makes it adorable.

Frits B said...

This station was built between 1895 and 1905 when labour was very cheap. Many buildings from that time could therefore be lavishly embellished and adorned (I love those words). And as it recently was refurbished for 1.6 billion euros it better look good!
As for the bicycle parking, Wiki tells me that the total capacity is only about 2,500 - a lot less than even a small town like Houten near Utrecht in The Netherlands, with 3,000 parking places, has available. Antwerpen has a population of just short of 500,000 so it could do better. But I must admit: it looks fabulous.

Kurt said...

You can beat this, just go to Holland : )

adaptablefutures said...

It's quite impressive, but I don't think it compares to some of the seas of bicycles I've seen in Japan - particularly multi-tier facilities - these can get quite large especially with commuter communities on the periphery of central Tokyo who will ride a bicycle to the train station.

Tallycyclist said...

It does look very nice indeed! Compared to parking facilities I've seen elsewhere, this one appears to have lots of open space, which would explain the lower number of spaces compared to other places in Holland. That's not necessarily a bad thing, especially if demand doesn't warrant more parking. Seems like they can easily increase capacity by converting some of the single-level rows into double-deckers if needed in the future.

Kelly said...

The phrase "holy crap!" comes to mind.

USbike said...

Makes me wish I lived there and had a commute that would allow me to use that station every working day!

Quentin said...

I would have been even better if they had replaced the stairs with a slope you could ride on and off on (as I saw once in A'dam). That's why you still see a lot of bikes in front of the station. Bikers are lazy when it comes to parking.