The problem occurs mainly around Mahlerlaan, the southern section of Mahlerplein, Claude Debussylaan, Brittenstraat, and Coplandstraat. Initially, we looked for different solutions to avoid the need for a parking ban and all the associated enforcement measures. For example, we have been trying to encourage people to use the underground bicycle parking facility under Mahlerplein, where there is plenty of space. Unfortunately, too many bicycles and scooters are still being left on pavements, especially on weekdays. This is not just a nuisance but also potentially hazardous. For example, pedestrians are regularly forced to walk on the cycle path or in the road, and bicycles and scooters are often left blocking the emergency exits of the Symphony towers, for example.
Removal and fines
The local council therefore intends only to allow bicycles and scooters to be parked in the designated facilities within this area, with effect from later this year. Those designated facilities include the public underground parking facility, bicycle racks, bicycle and scooter parking spaces, and of course all private bicycle parking facilities belonging to the offices and residential buildings inside the zone. If you leave your bicycle anywhere else, it may be removed and taken to the municipal bicycle depot. Fines will be issued for scooters that are parked incorrectly. Additionally, it will no longer be permitted to leave your bicycle or scooter in the same place for longer than two consecutive weeks, even if it is in a designated bicycle rack or parking spot.
The rules already apply to the zone north of Amsterdam Zuid station and in a section of Mahlerplein. That zone will soon be expanded to include the zone between the A10 motorway, Beethovenstraat, Parnassusweg, and De Boelegracht. Green signs will be erected to indicate the new rules as you enter the relevant zone. This is planned for later this year. A formal decision needs to be taken first, with a six-week appeals period.