The Dutch city of Utrecht is a big laboratory for post-fossil mobility: citizens currently cover more than 40 % of all inner-city distances by bike – an increasing trend. Utrecht also possesses the most heavily frequented train station of the Netherlands. Two decades ago the city began an urban expansion project along its western flank with the purpose of providing 80,000 new residents with housing by 2025. 

As part of this endeavour, the newly designed plaza in front of the train station received the world’s greatest bicycle parking garage, offering room for 13,500 bikes and designed by Ector Hoogstad Architecten.