This convenient facility at Den Haag Centraal Station provides cyclists with an easy, intuitive, and stress-free experience. The relatively new facility (July 2020) is a 42 million euro achievement for the city of The Hague which wants to be even more bike-friendly.
So what’s the big deal? Usually, underground parking spaces are unfriendly, unpleasant places lacking daylight or any views. This parking garage is different. It’s spacious, with a surface area of 8,000 square metres, that’s just bigger than one and a half football fields. There are more than 7,000 places to park bikes!! The ceilings are high, everything is painted white. The facility has user-friendly signage and is service-oriented and my favourite thing; the back-lit glass walls with Escher-inspired artwork. Everything combined makes for a totally unexpected bike parking experience!
There are clever additions that all help cyclists, whether you’re a regular commuter or a tourist borrowing one of the 700 OV fietsen (public transport rental-scheme bikes): directional markings on the floor help you find your way, red/green lights on the ceiling indicate free spaces and QR codes on the bike rack help you find your bike back (genius!).
About that artwork; it’s a testament to 17 iconic buildings in the city as depicted on the entire glass wall which in total makes a 1,040 square metre cityscape. It’s quite something, and as you leave the garage on your bike, you’re going to enjoy seeing the image of the city of the Hague in one flowing movement.