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NYC’s New Amsterdam Bike Slam

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You’ve heard of poetry slams, but now two teams of Dutch and American city planners and designers and facing off in “a battle for the future of New York City transportation.”

It’s called the New Amsterdam Bike Slam.

They’re challenged with finding ways to bring NYC cycling up to the level of the Netherlands, the only country with more bikes than people.  The event is a four-day throwdown complete with a design battle, dance party, a world-class transportation summit and warm fuzzy feelings between the Dutch and Americans.

Fortunately, we’ll have a fly on the wall.  Our friend Kurt is the managing director for the East Village Community Coalition and will be in on the meetings (not sure if he can dance, though…he’s pretty pale).   So that you can look forward to the high caliber of reporting we expect from him, I’ll leave you with this nugget he sent in our recent iChat:

“btw, never sign a work email with ‘Regards’ – the g and t keys are too close together!”

It’s coming up September 10-13, with some parts of it open to the public.  Check their website for full schedule.
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