Bicycle parking area at Aschaffenburg train station in Bavaria

Deutsche Bahn creates more options for sustainable mobility

Up to 100,000 new and free parking areas for bicycles will be set up by Deutsche Bahn by 2022. They will be placed at the train stations around Germany. This will contribute to sustainable mobility in the country as the passengers will be motivated to travel to railway stations by bicycle.

Trying to improve services for travellers with bicycles, Deutsche Bahn (DB) together with the Federal Ministry of the Environment and the local authorities launched the Bike + Ride programme. It is dedicated to the installation of free parking areas at or near train stations. The first facilities were deployed at the stations of Hof and Aschaffenburg (in Bavaria), Sinsheim (in Baden-Württemberg), Fulda (in Hesse) and Hamburg-Othmarschen (in Hamburg).

During this summer, the new locations were put into operation at several stations including Gross Kreutz, Götz in Brandenburg and Bichl, Passau in Bavaria. Moreover, the largest bicycle parking area was opened in mid-August at Freising train station in Bavaria. It has two storeys and a capacity to park up to 800 bicycles. The Freising facility is equipped with various tools for maintenance and minor repairments.

Bicycle parking area at Freising train station in Bavaria, source: Thomas Kiewning / Deutsche Bahn AG

Sustainable mobility

“The combination of train and bike is twice as green. We are providing even more bicycle parking areas at the train station and are consequently pushing ahead with the traffic transition,” said DB Board Member for Infrastructure Ronald Pofalla. In general, DB plans to open up to 100,000 new parking facilities at the train stations.

As of today, the company finalised concepts for around 20,000 areas that will be located at more than 100 stations. The other facilities are under consideration. It is worth to note that there were more than 400,000 parking areas at the train stations in Germany before the start of the Bike + Ride programme.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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