Amsterdam is the world’s number one cycling city. Cycling is good for your health and the environment. It keeps the city accessible and makes it a better place to live. Over half of all journeys in the city centre are taken by bicycle. Amsterdam has a unique and extensive bicycle network with plenty of safe and bicycle-friendly routes. Every part of the city is easily accessible by bicycle. Amsterdam is home to a large number of bike rental companies and bike shops with repair facilities. This huge number of bikes calls for bicycle parking facilities. There are approximately 250,000 bicycle rackes throughout the city. The steady growth in bicycle traffic in recent years makes it essential to create around 40,000 new bicycle parking places before 2020, especially at railway and metro stations and in entertainment and shopping areas.