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  • Solutions for cleaning up your old bike

    We are a real cycling country, almost everyone in our country has a bicycle in the garage. We now have more bicycles than residents in the Netherlands. Last December we had approximately 23 million bicycles in the Netherlands, which equates to approximately 1,4 bicycles per inhabitant. Cycling is healthy and for that reason many trips are made by bicycle and many people also cycle to work. This is not surprising with a total of 37.000 kilometers of bicycle paths in our country. Of course, all those bicycles will eventually come to the end of their existence. We have many orphaned bicycles in the Netherlands, these are bicycles that no longer have an owner, for example because the bicycle is an old wreck and has simply been left behind by the owner. What do you actually do with an old bike that is no longer worth repairing?

    There are several solutions to get rid of your old bicycle. There are several municipalities in the Netherlands that collect old bicycles from people's homes for free. You can also take your old bicycle to the recycling center. If your old bike is still in reasonable condition, you can ask a bike shop if they want this bike, possibly for parts and if you want to buy a new bike yourself, you might get a discount. Give your old bike to the thrift shop or another charity, they might be able to fix it up and sell it. The ANWB has collection points for old children's bicycles, which are then refurbished and sent to children who do not have a bicycle because parents cannot afford it. You can also recycle your bicycle yourself and turn it into a flower rack or bicycle artwork, for example.

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    You can also recycle your bicycle yourself and turn it into a flower rack or bicycle artwork, for example.

Tourism

  • Hyperloop from Amsterdam to Berlin in 55 minutes

    Imagine: you wake up, wave past the office in the center of Amsterdam and then attend a business meeting in Berlin over lunch. No, you don't use a plane to get there. You take the Hyperloop. And in 55 minutes you are at the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin.  

    For example, Hardt describes Hyperloop, which is developing Hyperloop in the Netherlands, a realistic scenario for the near future. The Hyperloop is a sustainable alternative for short-haul flights. One of the major advantages over air travel is that the Hyperloop takes travelers directly to city centers. UNStudio, together with Hardt Hyperloop, has conducted research into the user experience of passengers and the design of the stations, which plays a major role in this experience.  

    In the Hyperloop Experience video, Hardt Hyperloop shows what traveling with the Hyperloop will look like. This 3D animation takes you on a journey from Amsterdam to Berlin and lets you experience it through the eyes of the passengers. It shows that the Hyperloop is not only durable and fast, but also very comfortable. 

    Upon arrival at the fictional Hub, you can easily step into the Hyperloop, which will take you from Amsterdam to Berlin within an hour. The Hyperloop has been developed to make the short journey as pleasant as possible, with ample space and comfortable seats. During your trip, you will be informed of your current location and time, estimated arrival times and transfer options. The ceiling has a skylight made up of curved screens that can display the weather conditions outside. This creates a unique atmosphere where you do not have the feeling that you are in a closed cabin. 

    VR research

    This last aspect is especially important when traveling by Hyperloop. Using VR technology, Hardt did qualitative research on how passengers feel about traveling in a windowless vehicle, and the results were positive. 

    “Users describe both the station and the vehicle as spacious, comfortable and relaxing. Hyperloop is seen as high-quality public transport, and yet the ticket prices will be comparable to what people are used to from existing means of transport.”

    Mars Geuze, co-founder of Hardt Hyperloop.

    The route from Amsterdam to Berlin is just one of many routes in the network that Hardt Hyperloop will use to connect European cities. Thanks to its high speeds and significant reduction of CO 2 emissions, the Hyperloop is therefore a sustainable alternative for short-haul flights. Hardt

    “Urbanization has created infrastructure challenges that our current modalities cannot solve. That is why we need a sustainable alternative to flying. The Hyperloop offers this alternative, providing travelers with seamless connections with other modes of transport in the city centers of existing cities. This animation is a taste of what to expect.”

    Ben van Berkel, founder of UNStudio/UNSense, responsible for the design of the Hyperloop stations.

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    Photo above and below: Hardt image bank.

    Harden Hyperloop