Nieuws uit Amsterdam Nieuws uit Amsterdam en Deliveroo riders are on strike <p>In a number of neighbourhoods in Amsterdam, it’s currently not possible to order meals from Deliveroo. The website indicates this is because it’s busy, but deliverers have announced they are on strike. Trade union FNV says Deliveroo is also experiencing problems in Haarlem and Utrecht.</p> Mon, 01 Jan 2018 19:22:27 +0100 How to say ‘stadsdeel’ in English <p>Wikipedia calls Amsterdam’s <em>stadsdelen</em> <a href="">boroughs</a>, but News from Amsterdam calls them <em>districts</em>. The official list of <a href="">translations</a> of municipal terminology, which has recently been updated, may provide guidance. According to the city government, <em>stadsdeel</em> should be translated as <em>City District</em>.</p> Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0100 Ice-cream parlours, cheese stores and bicycle rentals <p>The centre of Amsterdam has 177 businesses targeting tourists and shops selling food and drinks for immediate consumption. Those include at least 23 ice-cream parlours, 24 cheese stores and 31 bicycle rentals, according to a <a href="">list</a> (pdf) published by the Amsterdam Municipality. </p> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:11:32 +0100 Acting out ‘Amsterdam cycling traditions’ to sell bicycles <p>A Dutch casting agency is <a href="">looking</a> for cyclists to appear in an advertisement for Veloretti, a company that produces retro bicycles. They want to act out Amsterdam cycling traditions such as «a bride sitting on a carrier, drunken students stuck in a tram rail, cycling couriers speeding through town and a mother carrying two children, a bag of groceries hanging on the handlebars».</p> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:51:00 +0100 Cycle couriers plan protest against piece-rate pay <p>Deliveroo cycle couriers have announced a protest at the Museumplein in Amsterdam on 14 November. Deliveroo wants to cancel employment contracts for 2,000 workers and hire them on bogus self-employment contracts, trade union FNV Riders Union claims.</p> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:30:00 +0100 Candidate for bicycle mayor plans to protest with a can of paint <p>Tomorrow, voting starts for the new bicycle mayor of Amsterdam. The most outspoken candidate is Camila Pinzon, who wants to ban scooters from the cycle paths and raise parking fees. Protests should help achieve these goals.</p> Sun, 29 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Left-wing collaboration in Amsterdam <p>This weekend, PvdA (social-democrats), SP (socialists) and GroenLinks (green party) have announced a left-wing pact. The parties criticize the ‘worthless’ coalition agreement of the new right-wing national government and opt for a city that is sustainable and characterised by solidarity. At the same time, the pact is an indication that the signatories want to form a coalition after the local election in March 2018.</p> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 10:11:10 +0200 News from Amsterdam reactivated <p>In view of the local elections in March 2018, News from Amsterdam has been temporarily reactivated. Five years ago, I <a href="/en/756/announcement">suspended</a> updates to the website.</p> Sun, 08 Oct 2017 11:20:00 +0200 Dutch rail passengers are observed by cameras in advertising columns <p>«What are those mini cameras doing in that advertising column!», a Twitter user asked today. In a response, Dutch Railways (NS) <a href="">said</a> that advertisers use the cameras to assess whether passengers look at advertising and for how long.</p> Mon, 04 Sep 2017 20:58:38 +0200 Bike share in Amsterdam: who benefits <p>Over the past weeks, Amsterdam has been flooded by <a href="">rogue</a> bike share bicycles that can be rented with a smartphone app. <em>Big business</em>, <a href="">according</a> to newspaper het Parool. Amsterdammers responded to this <a href="">commercial junk</a> by <a href="">placing</a> bicycles at bulky waste disposal sites. The municipality has <a href="">announced</a> it will remove all bike share bicycles, and subsequently regulate the market.</p> Sat, 05 Aug 2017 15:00:13 +0200 Airbnb’s agreement with Amsterdam: some insights from scraped data <p>Airbnb is under fire. The platform would harm the liveability of Amsterdam neighbourhoods and drive up house prices. In December last year, Amsterdam and Airbnb signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to deal with abuses. According to Airbnb, the agreement is already bearing fruit. Airbnb thinks Amsterdam should focus its enforcement efforts on other platforms. But Amsterdam wants to introduce a registration requirement for holiday lettings, a measure Airbnb vehemently opposes.</p> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:16:29 +0200 Amsterdam’s most irritating traffic light is at the Middenweg <p>Amsterdam’s most irritating traffic light is at the crossing of Middenweg and Wembleylaan, according to a poll among cyclists. The Amsterdam branch of cyclists’ organisation Fietsersbond says the top 10 most irritating traffic lights are well-known problem sites. </p> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:57:26 +0100 How much delay for cyclists is caused by traffic lights <p>The other day I posted an <a href="">article</a> on how much time cyclists lose at traffic lights in Amsterdam. Someone <a href="">asked</a> if I can calculate what percentage of total time lost by cyclists is caused by traffic lights. Keep in mind that delays can be caused by traffic lights, but also by crossings without traffic lights, crowded routes and road surface.</p> Sun, 08 Jan 2017 13:41:21 +0100 Exploring traffic lights with location data from cyclists’ phones <p>In 2006, Amsterdammers <a href="">voted</a> Frederiksplein the location with the most irritating traffic light. Now, ten years later, data from the Fietstelweek (<em>Bicycle Counting Week</em>) offer a unique opportunity to map how much time cyclists lose at traffic lights. During Fietstelweek, over 40,000 Dutch cyclists have shared their location data using a smartphone app. Some of the findings are summarised on the map above, which shows quite a few red dots - locations where cyclists lose on average 30 seconds or more.</p> Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:35:44 +0100 Inequality in elections <p>There’s been a bit of fuss about turnout in the American presidential election, but turnout inequality is an issue in the Netherlands too. Youth, low-educated people and people with lower incomes are less likely to vote, possibly because they have little faith politicians will take their interests at heart.</p> Sat, 19 Nov 2016 13:24:47 +0100 Illustrating Amsterdam on Wikipedia <p>Wikipedia has pages on Amsterdam in 197 languages, 149 of which have at least one image. The editors of different language versions do not generally use the same images to illustrate their page. The graph below shows how often images are used.<a href="#fn:1" id="fnref:1" title="see footnote" class="footnote">[1]</a></p> Tue, 01 Nov 2016 12:52:43 +0100 Amsterdam houses on the Chinese market <p>In the Guardian, London mayor Sadiq Khan has <a href="">announced</a> the launch of an investigation into the effect of foreign investment on the London housing market. In Amsterdam, concerns have been voiced over <em>super rich</em> Russians and Chinese buying up property, although this phenomenon is probably in its infancy compared to London. Newspaper het Parool reported that 15 expensive houses have been sold to rich Chinese and Russians in 2014 and identified a canal house, asking price 6.7 million euros, that had been sold to an ‘international investor’.<a href="#fn:1" id="fnref:1" title="see footnote" class="footnote">[1]</a></p> Sun, 02 Oct 2016 10:01:49 +0200 Exploring tax haven Amsterdam <p>In 2012, I <a href="">mapped</a> the geographical evolution of Amsterdam’s trust offices. Since 2006, many had changed their name or moved to a different location, resulting in four major concentrations: Zuidoost, Prins Bernhardplein, Zuidas and Naritaweg.</p> Sun, 04 Sep 2016 09:45:05 +0200 Has Google Maps found a way to have its cake and eat it <p style="font-size:0.7em;">Not interesting: P.L. Takbuurt</p> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 12:05:03 +0200 Amsterdam has room for another 2.1 million bicycle racks <p>Amsterdam has a persistent <a href="">shortage</a> of bicycle racks. <em>Bicycle professor</em> Marco te Brömmelstroet <a href="">argues</a> that this is really a matter of making choices: the space occupied by four parked cars could easily accommodate 30 bicycle racks.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 18:39:45 +0200