If it’s up to Michèl Tromp (VVD), Nieuw-West will get its own annual bicycle race. Alderman Ronald Mauer has promised to study the feasibility. According to Tromp, it will cost 30,000 euros and a large part of that amount can be supplied by sponsors. A cycle race will be a fun event for residents and it will give a boost to local businesses, Tromp argues.
Next Thursday, the city council will discuss the proposal of alderman Eric Wiebes to allow cyclists using the passage under the Rijksmuseum again. In a letter to the alderman, museum director Wim Pijbes makes a proposal to bury the hatchet:
In 2011, the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority has given 92 fines and 13 cautions for breaches of the smoking ban by bars and restaurants in Amsterdam. There are no known cases of bars being closed. Over 1,200 inspections have been carried out, including 180 of bars. The authority has agreements with various police stations that can offer support in case of incidents. This was announced by the municipality in response to questions from Johnas van Lammeren (Partij voor de Dieren).
There are over 14,000 bicycle parking facilities with room for almost 50,000 bicycles in Amsterdam Centrum, but there are few places to park your bicycle around the Nieuwendijk and Kalverstraat. Click here for a bicycle rack map of Amsterdam Centrum.
In an interesting article, designer Ramiro Espinoza investigates the origin of the ‘Curly Letter’ used on the windows of bars in Amsterdam. Espinoza wonders at the fact ‘that such gorgeous and original letters have largely been ignored in a country with such a rich type- and letter-making tradition’.