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  • mkds67 7:54 pm on October 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: amsterdam bicycles, amsterdam boats, amsterdam bridges, amsterdam nightlife, amsterdam zoos, architecture, arts, I Am Amsterdam, I Amstadam, I Love Amsterdam, illustration, royal concertgebouw orchestra, the ways of amsterdam, unesco world heritage, unesco world heritage list   

    Know Amsterdam – Feel it – Love It 

     

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, the latest estimates conclude that there are more bikes in Amsterdam than permanent residents! Have a look at the list below for more interesting and unexpected facts and figures about Amsterdam.

     

    Based on figures from January 2011. Last updated: February 2012.

     

    Amsterdam in numbers

    Watch these numbers on video: On a Normal Day

     

    Inhabitants:     780,559

    Inhabitants in Amsterdam Metropolitan Area:           2,289,762

    Nationalities:   180

    Mayor: 1

    Bicycles:          881,000 (estimated)

    Percentage of people who cycle daily:           58%

    Parks:  40

    Trams: 255

    Busiest tram line:        5 (37,000 users per day)

    Ferries:            9

    Markets:          32

    Shops: 6,159

    Canals:           165

    Canal Ring on UNESCO World Heritage List  1

    Bridges:           1,281

    Houseboats:    2,500

    16th, 17th and 18th century buildings:           8,863

    Gable stones:   654

    Royal Palace:  1

    Windmills:       8

    Museums:        51

    Paintings by Rembrandt:        22

    Nightwatch:    1

    Civic Guard Gallery:   1

    Paintings by Van Gogh:          206

    Wax statues at Madame Tussauds:     140

    Animals at Artis Zoo: 6,100

    Barrel organs:  4

    Carillons:         9

    Historical church organs:        42

    Concerts and theatrical performances per year:          16,000

    Concerts and theatrical performances per day:           40

    Theatres and concert halls:      55

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra:       1

    Muziektheater:            1

    Cinemas:         15

    Cafés and bars:           1,515

    Discotheques:  36

    Restaurants:    1,150

    Hotels: 370

    5-star hotels:    12

    Hotel beds:      48,365

    Campsites:       5

     
  • mkds67 7:35 pm on October 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: amsterdam coffeeshop, amsterdam coffeeshops, Amsterdam Research, Can I Smoke, Cannabis In Amsterdam, city of amsterdam, Coffee Shop Status, Coffeeshops In Amsterdam, , Hash In Dam, I Amstadam, Know The Score, Know What's On, , nuisance complaints, Research In Coffeeshops, The Amsterdam Press Release, Whats Legal   

    Results Of City Of Amsterdam Research Into Coffeeshops 

    27 Jun 2011

    Press Release

    Research carried out on behalf of the City of Amsterdam into coffeeshops in the city has revealed a series of significant findings.

     

    Membership Card System

    If a membership card system for purchasing cannabis were to be introduced in Amsterdam, only 30% of those currently using coffeeshops would register themselves for a coffeeshop membership card. Nearly 25% of coffeeshop users claim they would grow their own cannabis or buy it directly from a grower. Roughly 25% say they would buy their cannabis elsewhere, such as through dealers who deliver it to home addresses or on the street.

     

    About 11% of current coffeeshop visitors say they would stop smoking cannabis if a membership system were introduced. Both coffeeshop owners and those who visit the establishments expect that the introduction of a card membership system alongside the exclusion of tourists would take soft drug dealing back to the streets, where hard drugs are also available.

     

    New Coffeeshop Policy

    The above findings are drawn from research conducted for the City of Amsterdam into matters including the reasons why coffeeshop users visit a certain coffeeshop instead of another. The research is part of the Coffeeshops Pilot.

     

    The aim of the pilot is to develop a new Amsterdam coffeeshop policy in order to reduce the nuisance caused by coffeeshops and increase their manageability while encouraging them to remain small-scale and transparent. The pilot will ultimately lead to a plan outlining a more efficient means of distributing coffeeshops throughout the city.

     

    In order to gain insight into the supply and demand element of the sale of cannabis, observations were made at 59 coffeeshops in Amsterdam and interviews were conducted with 66 coffeeshop owners and 1,214 coffeeshop users. 793 Amsterdam residents completed a questionnaire to help research the effect that coffeeshops have on their immediate surroundings.

     

    Nuisance

    Complaints about coffeeshops stem from nuisance such as too many bikes or scooters parked on the pavement, customers loitering on the street outside the coffeeshop and illegally (double) parked cars. However, observations made outside 195 coffeeshops revealed that such occurrences are relatively infrequent or not specifically related to a coffeeshop.

     

    When residents were not directly questioned about nuisance they experienced from coffeeshops, the nuisance level reported was not higher in neighbourhoods with a coffeeshop. When directly questioned about nuisance from coffeeshops, 16% of residents indicated that they had experienced nuisance caused by the presence of a coffeeshop.

     

    Residents who live within 50 metres of a coffeeshop experience nuisance more frequently than those who live further away. The majority of residents (54%) are neutral about a coffeeshop in the neighbourhood, 27% report finding it disagreeable while 17% react positively. A large proportion of residents expect the arrival of coffeeshops and bars in the area to cause a nuisance – more nuisance than they actually experience once the coffeeshop or bar arrives.

     

    Coffeeshop Visitors

    The average age of the 1,214 coffeeshop visitors interviewed is 32.4 years old (with a range of 18 to 71 years old) and 14% is female. Two out of three visitors interviewed smoke cannabis on a daily basis or nearly every day. By far the most interviewees live in Amsterdam or close to the city and nearly all of their recent visits to coffeeshops were in Amsterdam.

     

    Outside of central Amsterdam, coffeeshop users have a stronger affiliation to a particular coffeeshop. The primary reasons that attract visitors to a certain coffeeshop include the quality of the cannabis, how friendly the staff are, the atmosphere and the presence of an indoor smoking area.

     

    Coffeeshop Characteristics

    The majority of coffeeshops are located close to one or more other coffeeshops. In general, the coffeeshops can be easily accessed using public transport and parking facilities are often just a short walk away. It is often difficult to find a parking space close to a coffeeshop.

     

    Similar to a small café/bar, the coffeeshops tend to have few staff and an average of 27 seats. Four out of five coffeeshops have an indoor smoking area. On average, the coffeeshops are open 14 hours a day and 100 hours a week. The busiest time of day is late in the afternoon and early evening with the coffeeshops receiving an average of nine customers per hour.

     

    Cabinet Proposal

    Nearing the end of 2010, the City of Amsterdam expressed its concerns to Security and Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten that the cabinet proposals to combat the nuisance caused by coffeeshops and cannabis use amongst young persons (such as the card system and distance criteria) may not have the desired effect and could, in fact, be counterproductive. At the request of the Amsterdam City Council, the Mayor of Amsterdam entered into consultation with Minister Opstelten.

     

    See also: Amsterdam: new soft drugs policy is counter productive

     

    City of Amsterdam Press Office, 27 June 2011

     
    • mkds67 7:58 pm on October 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      We are assured by Bull Dog Coffee Shop that if any new Laws or Legislations were to be brought in where Tourist’s were unable to “Purchase” and “Smoke” Cannabis/Marijuana from any Coffee Shop in Amsterdam, then they would begin (Most probably) in January 2013.

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