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Cyclists to be reimbursed for locks after expansion work to Amsterdam bike park was brought forward

Amsterdam city council have been left to pick up a €4000 bill after 80 bicycles were illegally taken into storage and their locks destroyed when work on a much needed bike park expansion was brought forward.

A sign erected at Amsterdam Centraal Station informed cyclists that work on the bike park would be getting underway shortly and bikes parked at the station would need to be removed by June 2.

According to local Dutch broadcasters AT5, cyclists were aghast this morning when they returned to the bike park to find council workers breaking locks and loading bikes up to be taken to storage.

The sign that had previously given June 2 as the deadline for bike removal, now wore a sticker setting a new date of May 26.

The fee for collecting bikes from council custody originally stood at €10, but following public backlash and acknowledgement by the Department of Infrastructure, Traffic and Transportation that notice of nine days must be given before the removal of property, that fee has now been waived.

The council have also agreed to pay any of the 80 cyclists whose locks were broken €50 in reimbursement.

Cycle parks at Dutch train stations are notoriously crowded as around half a million people in the Netherlands cycle to their local train station each day, amounting to about 40 per cent of all train passengers.

National rail company, ProRail, predicts that the issue of overcrowded bike racks will get worse and by 2030 the nation will be 60,000 bike parking places short.

On a daily basis, Amsterdam Centraal Station is used by 250,000 people, and the work that is due to get underway on the bike park is set to add 1,000 more bike parking places for cyclists to use.

Last month the Dutch government was slammed by ProRail, who claimed that a recent investment of €220 million in national bike parking facilities was not enough to stem the growing tide of cyclists in an improving economic climate.

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Apple Tree [13 posts] 3 years ago
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Would they have broken in to and removed 80 cars ? I think not.

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northstar [1107 posts] 3 years ago
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Charging someone for their own property? LOL and only 50 euros for what seems to amount to illegal criminal damage.

I hope they like law suits.

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STATO [535 posts] 3 years ago
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Apple Tree wrote:

Would they have broken in to and removed 80 cars ? I think not.

er... yes of course they would have! they love removing anything where they can then charge for its return.

Next time try harder on your 'everyone is anti-bike' generic comment.

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levermonkey [681 posts] 3 years ago
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The council cocked up, illegally removed bikes and destroyed property (i.e. the locks) in the process. So far so common.  102

Said council is told that it has acted in error, council holds up its hands and admits that it is in the wrong. It apologises, cancels charges and offers compensation for damaged property.  36

All this without being taken to court or insisting on dealing with each claim on a case by case basis and even then using public money to fight each case to the bitter end.  13

Can't you tell it didn't happen here in Britain.  31

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reallyunique [5 posts] 3 years ago
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Definitely a misstep by the council but I think it'll be a long time before I read a story from my area about a council adding significant amounts of bike parking, or starting a construction project early or offering to pay for damages without having to be sued.

When you really look at the story it seems like a small mistake on an important and well-intentioned project that was properly handled.

I try to be Euro-sceptic but stories like this make it hard  2

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PJ McNally [591 posts] 3 years ago
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Would 50 euros cover your bike lock(s)?

If I was using my chain and my D lock - no.