The bicycle industry in the Netherlands is preparing for skyrocketing sales of electric bicycles in 2020. Thousands of companies are eager to make use of the new tax-friendly lease scheme with which employers can provide employees with a "company bike". Industry association Bovag and RAI expect that up to 150 thousand more e-bikes will be sold next year, AD reports.
A group of pickpockets or muggers set off multiple cans of pepper spray at the Martin Garrix performance in the Amsterdam Dance Event during the early hours of Saturday morning. They used the burning eyes and trouble breathing as a distraction to rob party goers of their possessions, the Amsterdam police said in a statement. The police call on victims to come forward.
Amsterdam will not host the Eurovision Song Competition. The Ziggo Dome, the intended location, is not available when the Song Competition is set to be held. " This in connection with bookings and reservations that on closer inspection can not be rebooked", Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema wrote in a letter.
The city tried to find another location, but it was to no avail. The RAI and Johan Cruijff Arena are also unavailable. And AFAS Live is too small.
RAI, the branch organization for the car and bicycle industry, wants to lower the speed limit on urban roads to 30 kilometers per hour, instead of 50 km/h. This is better for road safety, and will also help lower noise pollution from traffic, RAI chairman Steven van Eijck said to NOS.
The Amsterdam police found a real Kalashnikov, also known as an AK-47, offered for sale at RAI on Friday. The automatic weapon, which had been disabled, was offered as a collector's item, Het Parool reports.
Police officers found the weapon after a tip. Even though the gun was disabled, it's barrel had been sealed and no bullets could be placed in its cartridge, the possession of such a weapon is still a punishable offense, the police said.
The Kalashnikov was confiscated and an official report was filed against the owner.
The police broke multiple car windows at the RAI in Amsterdam, where the World Dog Show 2018 is taking place, to rescue overheating dogs. Multiple dog owners were fined 750 euros for leaving their pets in the hot car, ANP reports.
While the heatwave is over in the Netherlands, temperatures in a parked car can still quickly rise to 40 degrees, the police said. This can cause to overheat and even die. Police officers will perform extra checks at the RAI over the weekend to make sure no dogs are left in cars.
Last year bicycle sales in the Netherlands dropped to the lowest level in 30 years, according to figures from RAI, Bovag and GfK. Despite this revenues from bicycle sales reached a record high by increasing 4.2 percent, mostly thanks to the increasing popularity of expensive electric bikes, ANP reports.
Last year 928 thousand new bicycles were sold, a decrease of 5.7 percent and the lowest point since 1987. In 2007 a total of 1.4 million bikes were sold, but since then sales decreased every year.
A stuntman broke both his arms in Amsterdam on Monday afternoon when he jumped from a height of 60 meters in a stunt organized to promote the Funsports Xperience at the RAI, Het Parool reports.
The stunt involved three professional athletes jumping from the RAI tower between 1:35 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. in a BigAirBag world record attempt for Street Diving - a new sport involving jumping without a parachute to land on an inflatable cushion.
The next Dutch government should include a Minister for Mobility, who must focus on improving the connection in and between cities to prevent a further increase in traffic jams and accidents, according to a manifest set up by a coalition consisting of seven major public transporters and car companies, NOS reports.
The opening of a Weapon Sales Fair in the Rai in Amsterdam on Wednesday will be met by protests from action group Stop Wapenhandel (Stop Arms Trade in English). The fair runs from June 21st to 23rd
The second annual Tulp Festival kicked off on Friday in Amsterdam. Tulpen, or "tulips," are the famous symbol of the Netherlands, and they will blanket the capital city throughout the month of April.
The fifteenth edition of the Masters of LXRY, the stock market for luxury products, is tipped to be the biggest of its kind yet. Between December 10 -14, the RAI in Amsterdam will be hosting 400 entrepreneurs displaying and demonstrating their latest and most exclusive products, on over 30,000 square meters of floor space.
The about 240 thousand Turkish-Dutch people in the Netherlands will be casting their votes for the Turkish parliamentary elections between Wednesday and Sunday.
Journalists that were invited to an event attended by Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Amsterdam have reported being denied access, with some claiming they were attacked by Rwandan security guards. The incident took place on Saturday at the RAI convention center, which was hosting a "Rwanda Day" celebration for nationals from that country living in Europe.
Volkswagen, Porsche, Bently, Seat and Audi car keys, among others, are easy to hack because the chip in the ignition key and the code in the immobilizer are not programmed properly. This involves the Megamos Crypto chip, which is installed in hundreds of thousands of cars in the Netherlands, and millions world wide.
A coalition of auto associations sent a letter to the cabinet outlining an alternative taxation plan for the car market. They are calling on lesser market distortion, greater simplicity of regulation and more incentives for producers of electric cars.
After years of delays, Amsterdam RAI is getting its own hotel and with its 650 rooms, Nhow RAI will win the title of largest hotel in the Netherlands. The design of the building was chosen from eleven candidates and is designed by Rem Koolhaas from well-known Rotterdam architecture firm OMA.
NS will once again be using a special timetable during King's Day on April 27th, the railway company announced on Thursday.
Automotive sales in the Netherlands is headed for the lowest number of new cars sold since 1969. In comparison to last year, new car sales has dropped with over 19 percent in 2014, a prediction made by Aumacon in anticipation of decreased sales in the beginning of this year.
The national memorial for flight MH17 has concluded. More than 1,600 relatives of victims of the MH17 plane crash came together in the RAI, Amsterdam.
The Netherlands is honouring all 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash in a memorial service in Amsterdam Monday.
Today more than 1,600 relatives of the victims of the disaster with flight MH17 will gather for a memorial in Amsterdam.
Flags across the Netherlands will be lowered to half-staff on Monday morning in advance of the country’s national memorial ceremony for the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 later that afternoon. The commemoration at the RAI convention center in Amsterdam begins at 1 p.m., before Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte takes the stage to speak on behalf of the nation.