Rules for bicycle parking

The Hague has different rules for bicycle parking. A bicycle may not be left standing unused on the street for more than 28 days. In the downtown area bicycles are not allowed to be left standing unused for longer than 7 days. After this period the municipality is allowed to remove the bicycle.

The municipality checks public spaces in search of unused bicycles and wrongly parked bicycles. This means making sure the streets do not quickly become cluttered. This way the city remain attractive for everybody.

Is your bicycle gone?

Is your bicycle no longer standing where you left it? It is possible that the bicycle was removed by the municipality and taken to the Bicycle Depot Haaglanden. You can pick up your bike there within a period of 2 to 6 weeks. This depends on the bicycle label your bicycle had. The municipality will destroy derelict bicycles right away. The old parts will be reused.

Sometimes the lock or another part of the bicycle gets damaged when the bicycle is removed. The municipality will not compensate you for this.

If your bicycle is gone and it is not in the Bicycle Depot Haaglanden, then it was probably stolen. Always report theft to the police. The police are focusing extra attention on stolen bicycles. If the police find your stolen bicycle, you will be notified. The bicycle will be taken to the Bicycle Depot Haaglanden. You can pick it up there for free.

Bicycle labels

The municipality never removes your bicycle without a warning. The bicycle will first get a label. The label states that the bicycle will be removed unless you move it before a certain date or time. The amount of time you get to move your bicycle depends on where the bicycle is standing and the situation. If you do not remove the bicycle on time, it will be taken to the Bicycle Depot Haaglanden.

Municipal surveillance officers and employees of the Bicycle Depot Haaglanden are able to identify themselves. If you see that somebody is about to remove your bicycle, always ask for their identification.

  • A yellow label indicates that your bicycle clearly is no longer operable. It has therefore been marked as a neglected bicycle (derelict bicycle). The municipality will check the entire city for neglected bicycles.

    Does your bicycle have a yellow label? Then you have 3 days to remove the bicycle yourself. If this does not happen, the bicycle will be taken to the Bicycle Depot Haaglanden and destroyed. The old parts will be reused.

  • A green label indicates that a bicycle is standing outside the parking area within a designated zone:

    • Den Haag HS train station
    • The Hague's Central Station (Den Haag CS)
    • Leidschenveen train station
    • Grote Marktstraat and surroundings (pick up the bicycle from the Kranestraat on the same day)
    • Ypenburg train station
    • Laan van NOI train station
    • Mariahoeve train station

    Does your bicycle have a green label? You will have 30 minutes to park your bicycle in the right spot. If this does not happen, the bicycle will be taken to the Bicycle Depot Haaglanden. You can pick up your bicycle there within 6 weeks. The fee is € 25.

  • A blue label indicates that a bicycle has been parked for longer than 7 days in a row in one of the parking facilities (for example, a bicycle rack, U-shaped bicycle stand or parking spot) in a designated zone. A bicycle will then be marked as an abandoned bicycle.

    The designated zones are:

    • Den Haag HS train station
    • The Hague's Central Station (Den Haag CS)
    • downtown shopping area (including the Grote Marktstraat and surroundings)
    • Ypenburg train station
    • Laan van NOI train station
    • Mariahoeve train station

    Did your bicycle get a blue label? Then you have 2 days to remove your bicycle yourself. If this does not happen, the bicycle will be taken to the Bicycle Depot Haaglanden. You can pick up your bicycle there within 6 weeks. The fee is € 25.

  • A purple label indicates that a bicycle has been parked in the public space for longer than 28 days in a row. These bicycles will be marked as abandoned bicycles. The municipality will check the entire city for abandoned bicycles.

    Did your bicycle get a purple label? Then you have 2 days to remove your bicycle yourself. If this does not happen, the bicycle will be taken to the Bicycle Depot Haaglanden. You can pick up your bicycle there within 2 weeks. The fee is € 25.
A municipal employee brings a bike to the bicycle depot.
A municipal employee brings a bike to the bicycle depot.

Report an abandoned bicycle

You can report an abandoned bicycle to the municipality. Look at the page Clearing away abandoned bicycles in your neighbourhood.

Rules per area

Downtown

Is your bicycle standing for longer than 7 days in a bicycle rack or parking spot in the downtown area? Then it is considered an abandoned bicycle. Surveillance officers will bring your bicycle to the Bicycle Depot Haaglanden. You can pick up your bicycle there. The fee is € 25. Look at The Hague’s downtown area on the map.

Map of The Hague's downtown area
Map of The Hague's downtown area

Grote Marktstraat and surroundings

Is your bicycle standing for longer than 7 days in a bicycle rack or parking spot in the Grote Marktstraat and surroundings? Or longer than 30 minutes outside a bicycle rack or parking spot? Then surveillance officers will bring your bicycle to the Kranestraat parking facility. You can pick up your bicycle there for free. The following morning the bicycle will be transferred to the Bicycle Depot Haaglanden. You can pick up your bicycle there. The fee is € 25. Look at the Grote Marktstraat and surroundings on the map.

Map of the Grote Marktstraat and surroundings
Map of the Grote Marktstraat and surroundings

Train stations

Your bicycle is not allowed to be left standing for longer than 7 days in a bicycle rack or parking spot in the area around the Hollands Spoor, Central Station, Laan van NOI, Leidschenveen, Mariahoeve and Ypenburg train stations. If your bicycle is standing here longer, surveillance officers will bring your bicycle to the Bicycle Depot Haaglanden. You can pick up your bicycle there. The fee is € 25.

Residential neighbourhoods

Was your bicycle left standing on the street in another residential area for longer than 28 days? Then it is considered an abandoned bicycle. Your bicycle was taken to the Bicycle Depot Haaglanden. You can pick up your bicycle by paying a € 25 fee.

Bicycle parking

Would you like to park your bicycle for a longer period? Read all of the information on the Cycling page under the heading ‘Parking your bicycle'.

Parking facilities

Would you like to park your bicycle? Place your bicycle in 1 of the guarded bicycle parking facilities. You can find all the bicycle parking facilities on the map of The Hague.

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          Published: 18 July 2022Modified: 18 July 2022