There is room for no less than 5,000 bicycles, surveillance is 24/7 and parking is free for the first 14 days. The parking is centrally located in the station. From the city centre, cyclists can ride straight into the parking and from there proceed directly to the platforms which are one level down. The door-to-door trip has been cut down to the minimum!
The new parking is equipped with a clever system: HBF (Dutch for Maintenance and Utilisation of Bike Parkings), which is also being used in the new facility at Utrecht Central Station. A sensor in the bike rack monitors whether it is in use and for how long, providing prospective users with immediate information on availability and thus allowing maximum use of the parking’s capacity. The HBF system also registers the length of time a bike has been parked, thus facilitating management decisions on whether or not to remove long-stay bikes.