In the nineteen nineties extensive studies have been conducted into the quality of bicycle parking systems provided by manufacturers and importers. At that time there were numerous different types of racks and stands, but mostly similar in the low quality provided. Much has changed since, particularly thanks to the creation of Fietsparkeur: a hallmark for bicycle parking systems with requirements on ease of use, chances of damage and theft prevention ( Standards for bicycle parking systems Fietsparkeur); later the requirements have been slightly revised: Fietsparkeur updated!). The website of Fietsersbond displays all systems that have obtained Fietsparkeur: Survey of bicycle stands with Fietsparkeur (Overzicht van fietsrekken met Fietsparkeur).
Quite a lot of technological innovations can be distinguished in bicycle parking systems. In the simplest category- but what is more important well-tried and well-performing - the multi-level racks with telescopic grooves are worth mentioning. In addition there are also mainly automatic compact parking facilities - thereby providing security at the same time. Bicycles are taken in and returned automatically and compactly stored. See a.o. the Bicycle mill (Fietsmolen) and the Bikedispenser (Eindhoven experiments in bicycle parking) .
Inspirations for bicycle parking: a refreshing look at bicycle parking in the Utrecht town centre
Godfried de Graaff - dolte stedenbouw e.a. , Gemeente Utrecht
Parking bicycles inside the Albert Heijn supermarket instead of in front. A red carpet marking the entrance to a bicycle parking facility. Or a car parking space transformed into a parking space for ten bicycles. Some of the many suggestions to be found in Inspiratieboek Fietsparkeren, by dolte stedenbouw as commissioned by Utrecht local authorities.
Eindhoven experiments in bicycle parking
Dirk Ligtermoet , Fietsverkeer
Eindhoven has two experimental bicycle parking systems: Lock'n'Go (secure bicycle racks; a success) and the Bikedispenser (car, secondary transport parking; no success as yet).
Bicycle parking test Raamplein
Annemiek Buwalda – Ecorys , Gemeente Amsterdam - Stadsdeel Centrum
The test with 19 different types of bicycle stands on Raamplein in Amsterdam was concluded on December 31, 2009. For six months local district authorities encouraged anyone who was interested to test these bicycle stands regarding design, ease of use and use of inner-city space. Votes could be cast by means of the website. For a majority of the 256 voters the ‘staple’ turns out to be favourite.
Bicycle parking facilities in Nordrhein-Westfalen
Examples of bicycle parking facilities in Nordrhein-Westfalen.
Bicycle Parking Guidelines (English)
Short guidelines particularly concerning types of bicycle parking facilities.