New Amsterdam Bike Slam

All summer, Roos Kouwehoven has been telling me about great events that NY400 has been doing as part of a melding of old world Amsterdam and New York. Celebrating 400 years of Dutch influence and Netherlands friendship, especially for such amazing inventions as the bicycle.

Now its time for the New Amsterdam Bike Slam
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Next week from the 10th until the 13th (during the NY400 week) the Amsterdam Cycling to Sustainability is organising the New Amsterdam Bike slam. Spread over four days, this event is a live design battle, where two teams of pioneering Dutch and American planners & designers present their visions to bring New York City cycling up to the level of the Netherlands, the only country with more bikes than people. Besides the battle the event includes a dance party and a world-class transportation summit as well.

If you are interested in forming a team, check out the schedule:

–Thursday, Sept 10th
New Amsterdam Bike Slam teams meet at NYU’s Puck Building, take a bicycle tour of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, and start formulating their plans. Not open to the public.

–Friday, Sept 11th

Symposium: Global Trends in Sustainable Mobility
Location: Center for Architecture
536 La Guardia Place, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free and open to the public

A day of presentations by some of the world’s leading experts on innovative transportation policy.

In the morning, presentations by Frans Timmermans (Minister of European Affairs, The Netherlands), Enrique Peñalosa (Former Mayor of Bogotà, Colombia), Heather Allen (UITP Brussels), Adnan Rahman (ECORYS Transport), Willem de Jager (RABO Bank), and Ruth Oldenziel (TU Eindhoven). In the afternoon, workshops with Pieter de Haan (Institute for Shared Space), Herman Gelissen (OV FIETS), Arjen Jaarsma (Balancia), Jeff Olson (Alta Planning), Paul Steely White (Transportation Alternatives), and Pascal van den Noort (Velo Mondial / Amsterdam Cycling to Sustainability).

–Saturday, Sept 12

New Amsterdam Bike Slam and Dance Party
Cielo, 18 Little West 12th St, 10:00 pm – 4:00 am
Advance tickets available here.

After three days of preparation, the New Amsterdam Bike Slam teams face off in a live debate “battle,” and compete to provide the most compelling vision for making lower Manhattan and Brooklyn a bicycling area on par with Amsterdam. The battle begins at 10:00 pm, followed by a late night dance party at the renowned Meatpacking District club, with DJ John Julius Knight.

–Sunday, Sept 13th

New Amsterdam Bike Slam Award Ceremony
Battery Park, Castle Clinton Stage, 11:45am
Free and open to the public

As part of the Harbor Day celebrations, honoring 400 years of enduring friendship between the Netherlands and the United States, winners of the New Amsterdam Bike Slam receive their awards up on stage: free Dutch bicycles, courtesy of Workcycles. Presented by Mr. Job Cohen, Mayor of Amsterdam.

–Sunday, Sept 13th

New Amsterdam Bike Slam Cocktail Party
Admirals House, Governors Island, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
By invitation

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