News of: Wednesday, March 21 2012,
Amsterdam has implemented a tough enforcement policy against illegal bicycle parking in the Leidseplein area.
The Leidseplein square (and the area around) is well-known for its theaters, pubs, clubs and many restaurants.
It has always been very busy with visitors, from the Netherlands and abroad.
With the increasing popularity of cycling (even in Amsterdam), the bicycle parking situation got out of hand. So many bikes were constantly parked everywhere, that they were becoming a major hindrance, and even a public safety hazard (by blocking roads and emergency exits).
The city decided to take action in the Leidseplein neighbourhood. The nearby Raamplein square has been converted into a bicycle parking, and bicycle parking boats have been placed in the canals near the Melkweg Theater, and along the Zieseniskade.
In addition, several bicycle parking zones have been marked on the pavements, to regulate bike parking.
Bicycle parking outside these facilities is now illegal. These bikes will be removed, and brought to the 'Fietsdepot' (Bicycle Depository) in the Western Harbour area. Bikes that are parked correctly, but for longer than a week, will be removed too.
The Fietsdepot is a large facilty where Amsterdam brings all bikes that were removed. Bike owners can collect their bikes here if it has been removed by the city.
A map where the special enforcement policy applies is in this PDF file.
Bicycle parking boat
Bicycle parking zone
Bicycle parking Raamplein
Bicycle parking boat near Leidseplein