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Velo-City Expo, and the Dutch view on cycling helmets

Bicycle Dutch has a selection of news:

Velo-City  is a conference on June, 13 in Nijmegen, NL. Because he’s not flying for KLM on that day, Willem-Alexander will open the conference.

Also, the Dutch View on cycling helmets:

Take the bicycle helmet. If you make it mandatory, you strengthen the idea that the bike is a dangerous means of transport. That leads to a decrease in the number of cyclists. That again decreases the safety, because the more cyclists there are, the more other road users will consider them. In short: the bicycle helmet increases the individual safety, but decreases the safety in general.

I have yet to see Dutch people riding their bikes with helmets on.

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Gemini Offshore Wind Park opens in the Netherlands

The Gemini Offshore Wind Park opens in the Netherlands:

With 150 wind turbines spanning 68 square kilometers, Gemini is one of the largest offshore wind parks in the world. Located 85 kilometers off the coast of Groningen in the North Sea, the Gemini is invisible from land. The project chose the location due to its high, constant wind speeds […] Management and maintenance headquarters for the wind park are in Eemshaven.

The park features 4MW turbines, so about 600 MW best case capacity (Wikipedia, Van Oord building this, 4C offshore, official website)

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Albert Heijn electric delivery vehicles

AH has the first two electric delivery vehicles

Nederlands newspaper Het Parool reports that Nederlands supermarket chain Albert Heijn put the first two electric trucks into service to deliver wares to Amsterdam supermarkets. The trucks are running five to six runs between the AH distribution hub in Zaandam and Amsterdam centrum. They are charged while loading/unloading and can hence ride continuously.

Amsterdam aims to ban all ICE inside the A10 ring by 2025, if at all possible.

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Language Pitch

Erik Bern did a fun exercise and analyzed the pitch of speakers in various languages: Apparently Dutch is substantially deeper than German (it is also louder, but he did not analyze that).

There was a very definite point when I realized that I had to change my voice to get to the next level with my accent. Oddly enough it was actually while studying German (my third language). It felt awkward at first to alter my voice to the point where I didn’t feel like it was myself talking. But on the other hand I could hear myself sounding so much more German (if you know what I mean). Having been through this transformation I decided to change my “English voice” as well.

 

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Fietsbagger in Amsterdam

»Each year Waternet, Amsterdam’s Water Authority, fishes between 12,000 and 15,000 bicycles from the canals. The bikes were either discarded deliberately, or tossed in by hooligans.«

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Let’s use all that hospital DNA for law enforcement

Jeroen pointed me at this article in Nederlands.

Nederlands just voted and the current cabinet is on the way out. It’s not supposed to do big or controversial things. But it can try, and it just did.

So Minister Schippers (Health) “wil dat gegevens over afgenomen lichaamsmateriaal in de zorg beschikbaar komen voor politie en justitie” (“wants to use DNA collected for diagnostic or other health purposes for police and law enforcement use”).

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