Cycling group pushes car parks to give over space to bikes

Amsterdam is both the most bicycle-friendly capital city in the world, even in winter cycling is popular in the city.
Amsterdam is both the most bicycle-friendly capital city in the world, even in winter cycling is popular in the city. AP

AS THE ongoing feud between drivers and cyclists continues, a leading cyclist advocacy group says Melbourne's multi-storey car parks should give over floors to bicycle parking.

A report prepared for the City of Melbourne by consultancy firm Phillip Boyle and Associates forecast a doubling in demand for bicycle parking in the city in the next decade.

According to the ABC, the report, to be considered by the council's Future Melbourne Committee next week, recommended the planning scheme be amended to require more bicycle and motorcycle parking in new developments.

Bicycle Network's Gary Brennan said bike parking in Melbourne had "got to a desperate stage".

"We've run out of spaces, we've run out of bike parking rails," he told 774 ABC Melbourne. 

There has already been calls for other Australian cities to be more bicycle friendly as bicycle use grows nationwide.

Amsterdam is often cited as a example when talk arises of integrating bicycles into densely populated urban areas.

Amsterdam is both the most bicycle-friendly capital city in the world and, with an urban area population of over 1.1 million people, it is also the most bicycle-friendly city with over a million people in the world.

According to statics, there are 800,000 bicycles in Amsterdam, with over 60% of trips made by bike in the inner city and 40% of trips are made by bike overall in the greater city area.

Topics:  car parks cycling traffic

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