Amsterdam has redesigned the area around its Central Station, also known to locals as the Entree, to reduce the asphalt space in the city, making way for wider waterways. Back in the old times, long before the station was built, that area now surrounding it was known to be the key port of the Dutch capital – an island within the harbor. This is expected to bring the Entree back to what is was before the Central Station was constructed in 1889.

But there is more to it than just pushing civilization away to let the water in; underground, an area is to be dedicated for a new metro stop and around the state, floating parking tubes for bikes. There is a total of 800,000 bikes in Amsterdam compared to 263,000 cars; 63 percent of city dwellers ride bikes for their daily commutes. In 2016, Amsterdam confiscated nearly 64,000 bikes for different reasons, from being left abandoned to being wrongly parked. To make space for commuters’ bikes, when the redesign construction is complete in 2023, there will be space for 17,500 bikes, rising to 21,500 by when the floating parking tubes are complete.

The redesign will push away bus lines and narrow or remove quaysides, allowing more water space with more jettied landing stages being more boat-traffic-friendly. Meanwhile, on the City side, a wide road space will be off limits to cars, creating a large space for pedestrians, lined with a new cycle lane.The plan dates back to 2015, but only last week did the municipalities release the first renderings of how the area will appear once work is done. 

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