Parking policy is a relatively new phenomenon . The original and still prevailing aim is to prevent bicycle theft by providing good bicycle parking facilities. In the
Besides theft, vandalism or damage in general may be prevented or reduced by providing good bicycle parking facilities At the same time bicycle parking policies nowadays are also aimed at another issue: preventing hindrance to other users of public space. Badly parked bicycles are an eyesore to many - the more so for those that are obnoxiously parked.
Guidelines for local parking policy have been provided in the CROW-manual Guide to bicycle parking. This is increasingly an issue for local authorities. See for an extreme example the situation in
Guide to bicycle parking
Leidraad fietsparkeren (guide to bicycle parking) provides information on policy development, planning, design, implementation, utilisation and the myriad incarnations of bicycle parking facilities.
Status of bicycle parking in Dutch towns
Frank Borgman, Fietsersbond , Fietsersbond
Fietsersbond investigated in Fietsbalans among others the bicycle parking provisions in 43 towns. There proved to be a large shortage of bicycle stands in over a third of the various cycling destinations.
In favour of cyclists
R. Hilhorst, A. Danenberg , Amsterdam
The Amsterdam long-range plan 2006-2010, with overall expenditure of no less than 100 million Euro, and a strong emphasis on bicycle parking/bicycle theft.
Evaluation bicycle parking Nijmegen: effects improved bicycle parking policy in town centre and station zone
Martijn te Lintelo, Gemeente Nijmegen
Evaluation by Nijmegen local authorities of the 2007 bicycle parking policy. The situation in the town centre is satisfactory; in the station area not yet.
Tilburg parks bicycles - Bicycle parking plan 2008-2015
Jeroen Kosters , Gemeente Tilburg
Tilburg local authorities strive for more intensive local bicycle use. In addition to providing qualitatively high-grade cycling connections a major factor for increasing bicycle use is being able to park bicycles at logical and safe locations.