• Bike Parking, View from Orbit

    by  • June 11, 2011 • Bicycle Friendly Places, Bike Parking • 2 Comments

    A commenter recently asked where the picture of bike parking seen here

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    was taken. If you look closely at the picture, you can see the name of the school in the background: “Vincent Van Gogh”. It turns out that there aren’t actually any schools named “Vincent Van Gogh” in the U.S., but a quick Google search reveals that there is one in the small (population: ~ 65,000) city of Assen in the Netherlands.

    But is Assen really where this picture was taken? We used Google Maps to confirm. It took a little while, but we finally found the Vincent Van Gogh school in Assen. Here’s the satellite picture:

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    The school has two parking lots, side by side, one for cars and another for bikes. The bike parking lot is slightly smaller, but has many more bikes than the car parking lot has cars.

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    2 Responses to Bike Parking, View from Orbit

    1. TomFrueh
      June 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      If anyone knows of any businesses or organization in the DE region that have been good bike advocates I would like to mention them on http://www.HowGreen.us

      Just send me an email with business name to info@howgreen.us

      A picture of a big full bike rack in front of a business or organization would be great to promote

    2. Corey
      June 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

      Yes, this is Assen, and remarkably, this bike park pales in comparison to some of the automated "lots" in Utrecht. For anyone interested in learning about the advanced transportation infrastructure in Assen, I would recommend David Hembrow's blog. The Dutch promote and integrate cycling in a way that no one in our American culture seems to understand. There are many places in the Netherlands that make Copenhagen look like Portland.

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