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The Netherlands is the largest user of bicycles in the world, with a staggering 25 million bikes currently in the country—about 1.5 times more bikes than people. A lot of people have more than one bike, and public transport hubs have special places to store all these two-wheelers.
The bike garage near the central station in Utrecht is the world’s largest such place. The underground parking garage is a staggering three stories and was made entirely to house bikes. It’s shaped like a rolled-up snake, creating a winding passage lined with bikes. It cost the city 30 million euros and is part of a larger initiative to promote green transportation.
Know Before You Go
The storage is open 24/7 and can be accessed for free from the central station. Park your bicycle there if you are going to take the train, or just walk through to see how many bicycles are there! The garage is free to use for the first 24 hours, and then people must pay 1.25 euros for each consecutive day. The garage is filled with various digital signs and indicators that tell users where they can find an empty spot, which, despite the size of the garage, can still be difficult during rush hour.