Amsterdamize


Amsterdamize Picture Of The Day : “Wet”
July 16, 2008, 9:35 pm
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“Almost entirely destroyed, but fortunately still locked!” – Originally uploaded by moosterbroek on Flickr

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Weekend Pics
July 14, 2008, 12:24 am
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This weekend was indeed what it promised to be, highly enjoyable (family), ultimately relaxing (in nature) and mind clearing (much needed). Here are just a few snap shots:

Weekend on Texel
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Weekend on Texel
Weekend on Texel Weekend on Texel Weekend on Texel



Amsterdamize : Soaking Cycling
July 10, 2008, 12:57 pm
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Yesterday I was in London for the day and the city lived up to its reputation, the rain never stopped (I know, the weather will never cease to be a topic of conversation, sigh). I saw a few bikes parked, spotted one daring city cyclist on the road near Wimbledon park, but despite these nasty conditions, that particular British cycle commuter had sort of a Dutch touch to his demeanor: no rain jacket, no poncho, no nothing.

After my return last night I mentioned to a friend that a whole day of non-stop rain is rarely the case in the Netherlands. Yes, it rains a lot, too, but it comes in spades. One moment you’d feel like going to the beach, next thing you know the place is flooding. In short, usually you can’t count on any prediction.

‘Usually’ is the segway to this part of the post. Because, funny thing, today London’s climatic seizure moved here. Jolly. This of course gave me an opportunity to do a photo series on Amsterdam cyclists in the rain:

Soaking Cycling
Ride it out, brother.

Soaking Cycling
Tucked in at the front, cycle chic at the wheel.

Soaking Cycling
Another high tech Amsterdamize solution.

Soaking Cycling
She only ‘popped the hood’ on her sweater.

Soaking Cycling
Optical illusion, it’s still raining.

See more in the Amsterdamize : Soaking Cycling photo set.



Amsterdamize Classics part 1: 70’s Cycle Jive

My last post got me inspired to do some more research. Feeling like a history major again, I quickly opened up the online image library of the Amsterdam City Archive. Back in my college days, all was done by hand for lack of interwebs and/or no online access to anything. Now, of course, it’s like being a kid in a candy store. And I wasn’t disappointed.

The image library is vast, huge, enormous. Sophisticated search options instantly got me what I was looking for. Then more, more…sure enough, 2 days later, I’m still browsing.

My catch so far: about 250 bicycle related or non-related, but with bicycle as side-kick, photos. Ranging from 1895 to 2007.

Having gone through them all, (legally!) downloaded them all, tagged them all, named them all, a few assumed and promoted aspects of the history of bicycles in the Netherlands are totally confirmed now, no myths, no exaggerations.

Since its invention the Dutch have embraced the bicycle completely (whether general usage was up or down) and started using it for work (commute/cargo), leisure, family, events, celebrations, rich or poor, etc etc. It hasn’t changed one bit. More volume now, but same attitude, same pragmatism, same no-nonsense, same feel for style (or just disregard for necessity to wear something else), the same joy for riding.

Alright, I’ve decided to gradually put them all up, working from back to front, starting at the turn of the 19th century, coining this series ‘Amsterdamize Classics’. For this first post, however, I wanted to pick a decade that I have some familiarity with…thus bringing you the Cycle Chic Jive of the 70’s.

A few from this batch:

1970's Amsterdam Cycle Jive
1975, girl on Dam Square. Photo by Ed van der Elsken.

1970's Amsterdam Cycle Jive
1970, corner of Eerste Laurierdwarsstraat and Eerste Rozendwarsstraat, two friends pedaling off into town. Photo by the Amsterdam City Archive.

1970's Amsterdam Cycle Jive
1975, Vijzelgracht, gotcha! Photo by Ed van der Elsken.

1970's Amsterdam Cycle Jive
1979, Reguliersbreestraat, view from Rembrandt Square, a time when cars were still allowed there, rush hour for all. Photo by Ed van der Elsken.



City Cycle Chic Fabric
June 30, 2008, 5:51 pm
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City Cycle Chic Fabric
Rush hour has officially started.

City Cycle Chic Fabric
Tres Chic.

City Cycle Chic Fabric
Checking hair, effortlessly.

City Cycle Chic Fabric
Back from the office, presumably on his way to pick up the kids.

City Cycle Chic Fabric
No comment needed.

City Cycle Chic Fabric
Pause & chat before going seperate ways.

City Cycle Chic Fabric
SUV’s parking at Vondelpark playground.

See more in the City Cycle Chic Fabric photoset.



7 P.M. on a Saturday
June 28, 2008, 6:10 pm
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7 P.M. on a Saturday
Friends speeding up while continuing their conversation.

7 P.M. on a Saturday
Motorists envious for at least 10 seconds. Cycle Chic alert.

7 P.M. on a Saturday
Utility ways of Amsterdam cyclists, man or woman.

7 P.M. on a Saturday
Speed & practicality.

7 P.M. on a Saturday
Resting easy at bike traffic light & turning right on red.

7 P.M. on a Saturday
Tourists rolled into frame from the pavement, passed the traffic light (no biggie), but still too scared or oblivious to use the bike lane, plus blocking the other bike lane…what MORE does a city need to do to make it easy? Ten seconds later I saw the bloke crossing at the exact time that the cars started pulling up, and he quickly had to jump back. *Sigh*.



Amsterdam Through Strangers’ Eyes
June 23, 2008, 1:31 pm
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I think it’s fascinating to know how people visiting Amsterdam view this quirky town. I talk to many of them (I like to think) and I hear a wide variety of insights, bold stories and impressions in general (which has me tied in knots sometimes, attempting to debunk some myths :)). Anyhoo, one of my favorite online activities is going through the pictures they post online. Either shot with broad strokes or with a fine sense for details, they expose what truly inspires them, almost saying to me:¬†“Do you even realize how special this town is?”

Yes, these pictures¬†amplify and sustain the reason I started this blog: I won’t take it for granted anymore.


texting and biking, originally uploaded by zoinkydoink.


Front Seat Driver, originally uploaded by marcus_a.
“After a super early morning bus ride to the airport, we finally arrived in Amsterdam. Walking the streets and getting a sense of the surroundings was hard. Everything looked the same. building, coffee shops, and people riding on bicycles everywhere. With that said, it was a pleasant feeling to know that people didn’t always need to drive gas gusseler to get around.”


Biking, originally uploaded by sevennine.
“What would a trip to Amsterdam be without biking around the city? I don’t know. My buddy (a head of me) went for a little photo excursion via bike. I with Toronto was more bike-friendly.”


Bikepooling, originally uploaded by gussifer.

Gazelle, originally uploaded by Alex280370.

Amsterdam morning rush II, originally uploaded by frenzypic.
“most people are biking in the morning to get to the office or the kindergarden”


Bikes are widely used in Amsterdam, originally uploaded by rayuma.