The street in front of the newly reopened Assen train station has become a tangle of parked bicycles.
Translation by Traci White
Dedicated guarded bike parking opened at the station this week, but city political party Stadspartij PLOP says that most travellers simply park their bikes on the street in front of the station.
RTV Drenthe reports that the newly opened underground bike parking space is under constant supervision and is free for the first 24 hours, but costs 1.25 euros after that, which is likely the reason that some travellers choose to park their bike elsewhere.
PLOP wants to bring an end to the haphazard situation in front of the station and has submitted formal questions to the municipal executive council. The party wants to know if there will be free supervised parking at some point and what measures are being taken to keep the situation in front of the station under control.
The former temporary bike parking area will be definitively closed as of Sunday, 10 June. Bikes that are unclaimed by then will be stored elsewhere for up to 13 weeks, and owners will have to pay 25 euros in removal costs before getting their wheels back.