Make sure you consider living in Utrecht if you are moving to the Netherlands. Already voted as one of the best and happiest places to live not only in the Netherlands, but in the whole world, the country’s fourth largest city is an impressive hometown choice.
The government, ProRail, NS, Schiphol and the Amsterdam Transport Region are very nearly at an agreement regarding the expansion of Schiphol train station. The renovations, which will include larger access gates and a new bus station, are scheduled to start in 2022 and expected to cost some 500 million euros, AD reports based on draft plans the newspaper got a look at.
The largest bicycle parking garage in the world is opening in Utrecht on Monday. With 12,656 parking spaces, including 480 spaces for larger or oddly shaped bicycles like cargo bikes and tandems, the parking facility on Utrecht's station square easily breaks the previous record, held by a bike parking garage in Tokyo with 9,400 parking spaces, Trouw reports.
"From abroad, they look with jealousy at everything we do here for cycling", project leader Lidwien van Kessel of ProRail said to the newspaper. "We are at the forefront here."
The Dutch provinces, transport regions and municipalities are pushing 245 million euros into getting more people to use their bicycles to get to work. In June State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure announced that the government is investing 100 million euros into measures to promote cycling, RTL Nieuws reports.
The government aims to convince 200 thousand extra people to use their bicycle for their daily commute. To achieve this, the government is investing into making cycling more attractive.
The municipality of Amsterdam will soon start removing shared bicycles left parked in public spaces, the municipality said in a press statement. Public spaces may not be used as a place of issue and bike sharing companies that do so are hindering city traffic by using up the already scarce bicycle parking, according to the city.
ProRail and NS are calling on the government to invest in better bike parking facilities at train stations. Existing facilities need to be better deployed and the use of public bike sharing must be encouraged, according to the two rail companies. Though bike sharing seems to need little encouragement - the demand for shared bikes was 35 percent higher in May than a year earlier, AD reports.
The municipality of Amsterdam is planning to build a new large bicycle parking garage on the IJ, near Amsterdam Central Station that will be able to hold over 4 thousand bicycles. The city government approved the proposal by traffic alderman Pieter Litjens on Tuesday, the Telegraaf reports.
NS, ProRail, municipalities and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment are together investing 80 million euros into creating 80 thousand extra parking spots for bicycles at train stations, the Telegraaf reports.
In Utrecht, construction has started on what is to be the world's biggest bicycle parking center. The structure, which will be built under Utrecht Centraal Station, will have the capacity to hold 12,500 bicycles, the NOS reports.