More and more people in Maastricht cycle. We welcome this because of its health benefits and its positive impact on the environment. But as the number of cyclists increases, so does the inconvenience caused by (incorrectly) parked bikes. That's why the municipality is adding more bike parking options – to help cyclists, but also to ensure that people don't just park their bikes anywhere. We can prevent inconvenience together by using stands or parking spaces to park our bikes.
Green signs at city centre bike stands ask you to park your bike in a parking facility for a maximum of 2 weeks. The maximum parking period of 2 consecutive weeks applies in the city centre and in the station area. This zone is called the 'restricted bicycle parking zone'. The time limit on bicycle parking must ensure that enough parking spaces remain available for residents and visitors.
You should use a stand or parking space when parking your bike. Even if this means walking a little further. Find out more about the rules for cyclists in Maastricht and what the gemeente (municipality) is doing to limit bicycle nuisance below.
Frequent bicycle use in Maastricht
Do you cycle frequently in Maastricht? You will find all kinds of useful information on the Maastricht Bereikbaar website, including info on bike parking options and traffic rules for cyclists. It also tells you more about campaigns that encourage people to cycle.
- Park your bike where it won't be an obstruction or inconvenience to others
- Use a stand or parking space to park your bike
- You can park your bike in a parking facility for a maximum of 2 consecutive weeks in the city centre and the station area. This will ensure that enough parking spaces remain available for others.
- Don't cycle in the car-free shopping area in the city centre during shopping hours.
- Don't hold a smartphone or other device while cycling.
In the city centre and the station area you must use one of the designated stands or (free) parking facilities. You can park your bike for a maximum of 14 consecutive days in this zone. Look at the green signs if there are no spaces left in a parking facility. The signs show exactly how far it is to the next parking option. Outside the city centre you should use bike stands as much as possible, or park your bike where it won't be an obstruction to others.
- We regularly remove unroadworthy and 'orphaned' bikes from bike stands and parking facilities in the city centre and station area. This helps ensure available cycle parking for everyone. An unroadworthy bike is a bike in poor condition, left in a public area, which we assume has been abandoned by its owner. An 'orphaned' bike is a bike that has been in a public area for a long time, and we assume its owner has abandoned it.
- We remove bikes parked on the pavement or in the street - outside the bike stands - in the city centre or station area. Unroadworthy bikes are disposed of. We store orphaned and incorrectly parked bikes in the bike depot at Gerardusweg 39.
- We constantly monitor bikes parked above ground in the station area. The area has a large underground parking area where bikes can be parked quickly and easily. This prevents inconvenience from bikes parked above ground and keeps the station area tidy.
- In the city centre and station area, we regularly remove bikes parked in a bike stand or parking facility for more than 2 weeks. This helps ensure available cycle parking for everyone. Before we remove a bike, we warn the owner by labelling the handlebars and asking them to move their bike themselves.
- In exceptional cases, we may remove bikes from other places if they are an inconvenience or hazard to others. For example, if a bike is parked on a site we're going to use for an event, or if it blocks the exit of a fire escape.
Before we remove a bike, we warn the owner by securing a label to the handlebars and asking them to move their bike themselves within a certain period. We will remove the bike if it hasn’t been moved after this time.
If you don’t move your bike despite the warning, we will take it to the bicycle depot on Gerardusweg 39. Collecting your bike from the bicycle depot costs 25 euros. See Report lost or found to learn more about the opening hours of the bicycle depot and claiming your bike.
You can also object to the removal of your bike.
We remind cyclists to be considerate of everyone they share the pavement and city with through the #posifiets campaign. #posifiets means cycling in a way that makes you happy and does not inconvenience anyone else. That includes using a bike stand or parking facility to park your bike and leaving the pavement unobstructed.
We also provide tailor-made solutions per location. Together with residents, employers and interest groups, we work on customised solutions at numerous locations in the city to combat inconvenience caused by bikes. Examples include adding bike stands or cycle parking facilities at a car park or improving signage. We are also committed to adding more bike stands and parking facilities in general, ensuring more secure cycle parking in more places.
Ideas to tackle nuisance bikes in your street
Please send an email to marijke.terpstra [at] maastricht.nl if you (and your neighbours) have a clever idea to tackle nuisance bikes in your street. We'd rather not resort to handing out fines, but adding parking options can be a great solution.
From the 2nd quarter of 2023, we will expand the zone with strict enforcement of parking restrictions (incorrectly parked bikes/bikes left in a stand for more than 2 consecutive weeks). The expanded zone will also include most of Wyck and part of Sint Maartenspoort (see map below). We may then remove bikes parked outside a bike stand or parking facility within 1 hour. We only enforce if there is sufficient bicycle parking in the immediate vicinity. The construction of additional parking spaces therefore continues to receive our full attention. Enforcement only takes place if there is sufficient cycle parking in the immediate vicinity. We continue to focus on adding bicycle parking options.