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Amsterdam Has Officially Run Out of Spaces to Park Its Bicycles

The cycling mecca of the Netherlands plans to build a partially underwater bike parking facility to deal with its crush of two-wheeled commuters.
A man rides his bike in a bicycle shed near Central Station Amsterdam.
A man rides his bike in a bicycle shed near Central Station Amsterdam. REUTERS/Koen van Weel

Amsterdam is currently tackling a problem most cities can only dream of having: It has way too many bikes.

So massively popular is cycling in the Netherlands' largest city that the city center has run out of places to put them all. Amsterdam’s daily two-wheeled commuter flood fills downtown with more bikes than it has space to park, forcing the city come up with a drastic, visionary solution. It’s going to park those bikes underwater. Oh, and on water, too.