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Underwater bike garage solves Amsterdam station’s storage headache

By Senay Boztas

18 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Amsterdam now has an underwater parking space for 7,000 bicycles at its crowded Centraal Station, offering free 24h parking option. The Guardian reports how this helped clear space for pedestrians.

Beneath the clear waters and pleasure boats by Amsterdam central station is a remarkable feat of engineering: an underwater garage for 7,000 bicycles.

The garage, which opens on 26 January, is the result of a four-year, €60m (£53m) project to clear heaps of rusty bikes left by hasty commuters and install rows of clean, safe parking spaces underground, where bikes can be left free for 24 hours and then at a cost of €1.35 per 24 hours.

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