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The Amsterdam Bridge Dilemma explained

An article in Citylab explains The Amsterdam Bridge Dilemma. Bascially, Amsterdam needs the area north of the IJ to grow, but for that to be attractive, it needs to be reachable by bike. So a tunnel is not going to cut it, a bridge is necessary.

But tall ships are crossing all interesting locations right now, so either the bridge has to be very high – not attractive to bikers or it has to open, in which case it will be open 50% of the time in high season.

Solutions are possible, but they will restructure the city and tourism in the city. In itself also not a bad thing, but complicated.

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Living in Amsterdam

Het Parool reports on the number of children in schools in Amsterdam.

Previously, pressure on Amsterdam schools inside the A10 ring has been so high that there was a lottery system in place (if you do not win, you still have to send your child to school, but it won’t be a local one). During the crisis, many families looking for larger and cheaper houses outside the A10 were stuck in the city because they could not sell their homes.

Now that the crisis is over, Gentrification can continue: Families go out, Expats and AirBnB move in.

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The bromfiets has no place in the Netherlands

One key element to traffic safety in the Netherlands is separation. So cycle pathways can run on the street only if the street is limited to 30 km/h or lower.

If car traffic is faster, the cycle path needs to be separated in some way. That can be as simple as a curb and red posts, or it can be a separate road running an entirely different route from the car road. Some newer cities such as Lelystad (built only in 1967) have completely different networks for pedestrians, cycles and cars.

In general, this works really well, but it drops one type of transportation into a void, the bromfiets and its friends – anything that can go faster than 25 km/h and is limited to 45 km/h

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Rotterdam Containerterminal down due to Ransomware Attack on Maersk

Apparent Maersk has been cybered by some Ransomware and the Rotterdam Container Terminal as well as other things are offline right now.

Zeventien containerterminals van APM in Rotterdam en andere delen van de wereld zijn aangevallen door hackers. Het gaat om een ransomware-aanval.

Logistiek.nl

Volgens een bron bij APM Terminals, de container terminal tak van Maersk dat het hoofdkantoor in Rotterdam heeft, liggen waarschijnlijk wel 50 containerterminals er uit. ,,Ik was op het hoofdkantoor toen de aanval plaatsvond. Binnen een uur lag alles plat.”

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Steam Summer Sale


This magical time in summer, when you simply sit, watching the accumulated Gigabytes idly float by and think of the poor people of #neuland.

13 GB done, fifty more to go. And Steam is overloaded, not giving out much more than 200 MBit/s.

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A day with planes

Where I live, at the bottom of a dried up lake, 10 feet below sea level, it looks like this.

Polderbaan

I am getting there by bike, it’s less than five minutes. And because there is friet and ice cream available in the parking lot, the Schnuppel wanted to go there. Ice cream and large airplanes, in this order.

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