The municipality of Zeist has expanded the options for parking bicycles at 26 bus stops. This doubles the total capacity for parking bicycles at these stops. With this expansion, the municipality of Zeist wants to encourage residents to make more use of the bicycle-bus combination. The municipality expects the use of this sustainable form of travel to increase.
Inventory of bicycle racks in Zeist
The reason for the expansion was an inventory of all bus stops in Zeist, looking at how full the bicycle racks were and how many bicycles were parked next to the racks. Alderman for Sustainability and Mobility Wouter Catsburg is pleased with the expansion: “We want to encourage residents to make more use of the bicycle-bus combination. With the expansion of the bicycle parking spaces, we hope that residents will opt for this sustainable form of transport sooner.”
Province of Utrecht
Thanks to a subsidy from the Province of Utrecht, the municipality of Zeist has been able to roll out this project. Provincial Executive of Utrecht Arne Schaddelee is happy to contribute to the promotion of sustainable mobility: “With so many extra bicycle racks, it is even easier for residents of Zeist to travel by bus. As a province, we are also happy with this: the bicycle and public transport are so well connected. Hopefully we can tempt even more people to opt for a healthier mode of transport,” said the deputy.
More durable and spacious bike rack
A new location for bicycle parking has been created at the Renesselaan bus stop with 48 places, so that travelers no longer have to park their bicycle directly on Utrechtseweg. A new type of bicycle rack has been installed at nine bus stops, including Renesselaan. This rack is more sustainable because it is assembled, repaired or replaced on site, which means fewer transport movements are required.
Designer of the bicycle rack, Ton Kooymans: “In this rack there is more space for wider handlebars and for bicycles with crates. In addition, the bicycle does not rest on the front wheel, but on the front axle, which reduces the risk of a stroke in the wheel”. The bike racks that used to be at these nine locations have been removed and recycled by moving them to other bus stops, doubling the capacity there as well.