It’s an impressive sight for tourists and a burden for the people of Amsterdam: all those bikes! Especially around Central Station, it’s hard to find a free spot to park your bike. It’s not only a problem in Amsterdam, but in many of the larger cities in the Netherlands. A shortage of parking places for cyclists is a growing problem. Architectural students Guido van Veghel (Avans Hogeschool Tilburg) and Marck Vrieling (Hogeschool Arnhem and Nijmegen) researched this issue and graduated on the subject of bicycle parking.
The students did research on the design and usability of bicycle parkings, that resulted in their ‘Handbook for designing bicycle parkings’. The handbook gives insight into various aspects within the bicycle parking such as format, type of bike parking, materialization, supervision and management, signage, use and added features. The handbook helps designers to design functional and future proof parkings.
In addition, the students made a design for a new bicycle parking at Amsterdam Central Station, where an attractive public space is created on the roof of the parking, with stunning views over the IJ. Among those present at the graduation presentation were enthusiastic delegates from the city of Amsterdam.
The graduation project of Marck and Guido was supervised by VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism, and fits well with the design for bicycle parking solutions in which the agency is already engaged.