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Orphaned bikes

Orphaned bikes
The Netherlands is the only country in the world where there are more bikes (18 million) than inhabitants (16.5 million). At the busiest train station in the Netherlands, Utrecht Central Station, it'll take you at least 15 minutes to find a place to park your bike and this despite the fact that the local council has recently created 14,500 parking spots for bicycles. One of the biggest causes of this chaos is the fact that the Dutch leave their bikes at the station en masse, and often never pick them up again. One in five bicycles at any random Dutch train station is an orphan. Some people dump their bicycles consciously, while others often don’t remember where they parked it after a boozy night out. But these so-called orphans actually take up very pricey real estate, because each spot at a station costs between €400 - 600 euro to create. Underground parking is even more expensive: €2,500 per spot! That seems (and is) steep, but bear in mind that a parking spot for a car costs at least ten times as much! But not everyone loses their bike because they're irresponsible. During an average year in the Netherlands, between 800,000 and one million bikes are stolen.

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