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Global Transport Atlas GTA-100 Switzerland, Bicycle parking, Basel

Switzerland, Cycling, parking

This is a re-issue of a 2008 document.


Series 1 - Global Transport Notes

Introduction Basel is one of the largest cities in Switzerland. It has a population of around 190,000 whilst perhaps a million people live in its catchment area. This area of influence extends into parts of nearby France and Germany, numbers of whose citizens commute daily into the city. The Basel region is also the most successful in economic terms in all of Switzerland. The main industries are pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and finance. The underground bicycle park is at the main SBB railway station, the site of which also hosts the smaller French railway station (Basel SNCF). The station and the adjoining square form a major transportation interchange which includes the following facilities: international rail, local rail, tram and bus interchange, underground car park and an underground bicycle park.

Robert Bartlett


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Background The main railway station in Basel has about 120,000 visitors a day (travellers, visitors, shoppers etc.). Since its reconstruction a couple of years ago there is now an upperlevel shopping bridge over the railway tracks. More than 40 shops are open there from early till late, 7 days a week. The bike park is divided into 2 parts, a “pay parking” area and an open, “free parking” area. About a year ago the capacity of the “pay area” was increased through the introduction of two-level bike parking (cover photo). Image 01

There is also a limited amount of bike parking spaces at ground level in and near the main station square. Some areas close to the station building were formely used for informal bike parking but parking there has now been banned. The local pro-bike organisation says that they are happy with the SBB bike park, its main problem is that it is too small and cannot meet demand. They advise that another “overspill” bike park has been built nearby, which is partly covered. Apparently the planners of the station area did not provide parking for 2-wheel motor vehicles, and much of the space in this second park is taken by such vehicles

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Notes on the photos 01

One of the cycle park approach ramps from the station square


Cyclist leaving one of the entry ramps from the main station square


Underground link between pay area and free area parking. Row of cycle lockers on the right.


There are a few spaces for oversize bikes such as bike+trailer combinations and tandems


Former informal parking near the station square, December 2008

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Technical details Element


Bike parking Overall capacity


Free spaces

~ 800

Charged spaces

~ 800

Cycle boxes


Other Image 06

Population of Basel

190,000 est

Car parking

120,000 per day, passengers, visitors etc 160 spaces *

Tram routes


Bus routes


Train services

SBB Swiss rail

SBB visitors

SNCF French rail

Notes * other car parks are also located close to the SBB railway station Other facilities available include: Image 07

lockers charge points for electric bicycles bicycle hire bicycle service and repair adjoining showers, wc air supply point for cycle tyres The operator’s website is

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Notes on the photos 05

Floor parking, pay area


Floor parking, free area


Wall-mounted parking racks, pay area


Wall-mounted parking racks, free area

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Cover notes and Disclaimer

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This is a research document. The best efforts have been made to make sure the figures are correct. However no liability can be taken for any of the details, information or analysis in this document.

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to encourage people around the world to share examples of how they actually use transport in their daily lives. The other is to compare and improve the design of transport infrastructure. There are the following GTA document series: Series 1 - global transport notes

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit

A collection of papers on transport infrastructure and vehicles from various countries, prepared by various authors and contributors. Typical size 2 to 3 pages. Series 3 - discussion papers Papers with arguments and ideas on different aspects of modern transport and transport infrastructure.

History and Change log First version published December 2008. Version 100.02-a (August 2012) - this version and version number, with modified layout and minor modifications to the content.

Series 7 - Dimensions of vehicles Transport infrastructure has to be defined with an idea of the size and types of vehicle which will use it. This series looks into the dimensions of different types of vehicle at different periods of time. Papers include technical discussion notes and example dimensions. Typical size 20 pages and more.

About the contributor Robert Bartlett, Germany - is an experienced transportation and urban development studies engineer with over 25 years of professional experience. Current engineering work: includes technical research in highway design standards and applications in areas such as urban planning and highway engineering. Interests include applied GIS.


Contact We welcome comments on this paper, and also on new developments in other countries in this field. Email: Web:

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The underground bicycle park is at the main SBB railway station, the site of which also hosts the smaller French railway station (Basel SNC...