The following post was originally published in Dutch on the NS website.
The Koningin Julianaplein ("Queen Juliana Square") bicycle parking facility at Den Haag Centraal Station has been opened today. There are 700 new OV-fiets for rent and in addition there are over 7,000 places to park bicycles. With a surface area of 8,000 square metre, the facility is the largest in The Hague and the second largest in the Netherlands.
"Almost half of our travellers come to the station by bike," says Magdalena Piotrowska, NS Director of the Southern Region. "In recent years there hasn't been enough parking space at this station. That's why we are very happy with this beautiful, spacious parking facility".
The Hague wants to become a real cycling city, because cycling is healthy, clean and easy. The combination of bicycle and train contributes to sustainable mobility and the accessibility of The Hague. The parking facility has an area of just over one and a half football fields and therefore has room for almost 8,000 bicycles that can be parked easily, safely and free of charge for the first 24 hours. There is also room for other bikes such as cargo bikes, bikes with child seats and crates, and 700 OV-bikes.
Skyline of The Hague
The architecture of The Hague can be seen in the glass walls of the garage. Famous buildings of The Hague, from old to new, form the basis for one continuous image on the entire glass wall that encloses the parking facility. Façade elements of 17 iconic buildings are subtly interwoven into an approx. 1,040 square metre cityscape with an Escherian appearance. If you cycle along it, you will experience the skyline of the city in a flowing movement.
Cyclists enter the bicycle shed via one of the six rolling conveyors. Downstairs is a large reception area. After checking in, you can see how to cycle to a free bicycle spot, dotted lines are visible on the floor and on the ceiling, so you start to follow them automatically. Green is for cyclists, yellow for pedestrians. The light colours, open walls and good lighting ensure social safety.
What's more, you can walk all the way around; there are no long dead ends. The parking works with a 'check-in/check-out system' where users can pay with, among other things, a public transport chip card. Parking is free for the first 24 hours. By means of a QR code you can remember where you left your bike. The parking remains open until fifteen minutes after the arrival of the last train.