I want to ride my bi-cycle
- The famous white bicycle of the 60's will be making it's return this year in
Amsterdam. In the decade of the provos and the generation of love, the idea
was formed of painting a bicycle white to signal that it was for everyone's
use. The concept, of course, was that everyone should paint his or her bicycle
white and, in that way, transportation would become free, easy, simple, and
friendly. (The establishment, who unfortunately didn't care much for the
concept, took measures to insure it's failure.) Never to be forgotten,
especially in a country renowned for it's use of bicycles, the system has
returned with some alterations. The bikes, in limited numbers, are attached to
one of twenty stalls located in Amsterdam, where the cost of rental for use
is one guilder (a reasonable price to cross town). Access to the white bikes
is, unfortunately, only possible via a postgiro pass with accessible chipper.
Extra-added attraction, on the other hand, is that it's free until September 21st.
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