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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Dutch subway slide

Leave it to the Dutch to install a slide in a subway station. Commuters are encouraged to use it if they're running late, and the official name is a "transfer accelerator." At night they play Bach. How rad is that?!

P.S. How long is your commute?

(Via Pop-Up City)

78 comments:

Dancing Branflake said...

That is so awesome! Are you allowed to wear skirts? Haha!

Diana Mieczan said...

Hahha...that is FUN! Things like that totally make my days so much better. Kisses

Lux said...

Ugh. I need to move there. They have too many cool things.

Angela said...

ha ha JO what a fabulous idea, I would use that every day just for a smile on the way to the city to work xx everything should be fun dont you think? have a great week xx A

Chelsea said...

I love a little whimsy in my day. How fun! xoxo

Lara {simply irresistible blog} said...

How fun!! What a fabulous idea..

marissa at the boot said...

people are amazing. i love great ideas like that! we need more slides in our lives. don't you think we'd be happier to get on the subway?

Kersey said...

They should look into installing those in various subways here in NY. It would make the hassle of the metro that much easier/fun. Especially for the kiddos!

Sweet Pea (formerly Alice) said...

Ha! Leave it to the Dutch to to this, of course.
I would love to try it!

Hope you're enjoying a wonderful NYC summer!
Just a Silhouette

Joanna Goddard said...

lux, haha, agreed!!! and kersey, you're SO right, this would make it 1 million times easier to take the subway with little dudes.

Katherine Fugit said...

They just need to add some water to it and it would be perfect : )

dana @ wonder forest said...

haha this is amazing!! this needs to happen in every subway station everywhere.
xox dana
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Tucker said...

this is seriously incredible. ahh, thanks for sharing Joanna!

Janelle said...

This is what every stair case needs! I don't know why there are not more slide opportunities in my life!

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Kendall Marie said...

Love this!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

leave it to the dutch indeed!

Elissa said...

Haha! That is so cool! If it were me though I'd go down it, go back up the stairs and go down again!

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vanillasugarblog said...

We NEED stuff like this in america! Everyone's too uptight here, this will loosen em up! LOL

Carolynn Cecilia said...

Well, I'm not surprised. If there was ever a perfectly good reason to legalize marijuana it would be subway slides. Obviously one begets the other.

Off the Cuff said...

I'd use it even if I wasn't running late...weeeeee

Wendy said...

My first thought "no fair, I want one!" That is too cool! I have a feeling people will use it just because.

SophieSweetVintage said...

I can try it - I live nearby, but i don't know if i have the guts haha :D

Bronwyn said...

Haha, this is so great! I wonder if one can campaign for them in the States....

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clarity enhanced diamonds said...

What a great idea!

Joanna Goddard said...

sophie, haha, you totally should! :) wish i lived closer so we could go together.

Eliza Jane said...

That. Is. Awesome.

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MaviDeniz said...

that is so cool! no wonder people there are happier than those in the U.S

Xo

Mal said...

Amazing! This looks like so much fun.

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wildchild said...

haha that's brilliant! i'd be a little scared my dress would fly up, but i still love it.

Sammi said...

AWESOME :D

Unfortunately my commute is only 13 minutes long.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Awesome. It would be fun to stand there and just watch people going down the slide for a while. I wonder how many adults use it :)

Nina Nagy said...

Haha cool! But imagine the first person falls at the end and then the next one, and the next one...what a moutain of people we'd have at the end?! :-)

Ale. said...

One's got to love the dutch! It'd love to try it!

xx,
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HiLLjO™ said...

I predict officially: the Dutch will be the first people to install and implement a "tube" mass transit system.

This is fabulous.

Naomi said...

excuse-a-mi! this is the coolest thing I have seen in a long time! I would just love them in the Lexington Ave F train station!

Beki said...

The Dutch are so practical -- their public health/works/services are based on pragmatism. I wished I still lived there!

Cassandra Marie said...

This.is.awesome. I'd use it even if I wasn't running late lol!

Briel79 said...

That's so awesome! I love it. I'd use it all the time. I also love the places that have the musical stairs to encourage people to use them more.

Her name was Lola said...

Gosh, if that isn't the COOLEST. How many New Yorkers could use a few of these around the city? xo Lola

Giulia said...

We so need this in DC. I'll be first to use it. (I am not kidding.)

Hanna said...

wow, that's the COOLEST! do you know where that is? (and why they are playing bach at night? haha)

Natalie said...

DUTCH PEOPLE OFFICIALLY RULE!

Courtney said...

I totally love that! I wonder if it gets a bit crammed? Or if anyone chickens out at the last minute and then causes a minor traffic jam at the top while other subway riders coax him down.
I work from home, but my husband's commute is 90 minutes each way!! yuck! (from one end of the DC metro to the other)

jen said...

that is great. America could never do something like that because DOT would get sued the first day when someone got a little scrape.

To answer the second question...my commute is 15 seconds long. I walk from my bedroom to my office.

Gina Michele said...

Awesome! Penn Station desperately needs one of these!

♥ Gina Michele
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Katie said...

AHH! That's the coolest thing EVER. How fun!!

Lisa said...

I used to live in Utrecht (where the slide was built), and I can tell you that that train station really needs some whimsy! So great.

Vera Elisabeth said...

Proud to be Dutch ;-).

(Also with that whole gay marriage issue. Altough I hate people actually calling it like that. It's just a marriage people.)

ali said...

i visited utrecht (the town this is in) for a week and it is awesome! they have tons of public art and their apartments along the streets have big picture windows, like the shops in the west village, so the community can look inside and see their neighbors living "good protestant lives." at least that was their original intention long ago, as it was explained to me. i also remember everyone running and biking to the public athletic fields with their lacrosse sticks early saturday morning. i loved it there. super fun slide installation btw!

Michelle said...

What a great way to make the commute more fun. Will have to pay a visit someday.

alex said...

Oh my gosh, this looks like so much fun! greatest idea ever!

Patricia said...

Hi Joanna
Here's an another cool idea : piano stairs ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lXh2n0aPyw

Anna said...

If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much!

I think this would encourage me to run stairs for exercise! could you imagine? run up, slide down. run up, slide down. funnest fitness ever!

Minnie said...

I just told my bf about this.

I said, "There is a slide that you can take to the subway station. It's where Dutch people live at." He said, "Uh huh." I said, "Where do Dutch people live at? Holland? Because there's no such thing as Dutchland, right?"

Oh my my...

Kacie @ A Collection of Passions said...

What the what!? THAT is the coolest thing I've ever seen! Seriously who are the Dutch!

Kacie
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Morgane said...

I want a slide like that! But what would you do if you were running late and wearing a skirt?

Blue said...

I LOVE this. That is where I'll be going to college in a few weeks, so I will definitely check out that slide!

DASI GLAM said...

I can't believe it, those Dutch! And calling it a transfer acelerator! I wouldn't get on that thing no matter how accelerated I was. But you have to admit, it's a very creative idea. Still laughing.

naomi: said...

This is so super! I wish we had them in NY!

Jennifer said...

What a great idea! Unfortunately, it would never fly in the litigation-crazy US!

Tbadee said...

I love that this is real. so cool!

Laura Louise Cox said...

Wow... Just Wow!!! x


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dutchdelights.tumblr.com said...

Sorry for bragging but it's so cool to be Dutch! Great post Joanna, thanks!

Mighty Burns said...

I LOVE this! Only thing/hot day = hot slide OUCH!

Jen said...

Ha! I live about three miles from this station and had never heard of the slide. How funny that I learned about it from you, way off in NYC! I think I will hop on my bike this weekend and test it out.

Ally said...

Uh, probably the best way to re live the playfulness of childhood!
xo
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Liz said...

I am Dutch and this was on the news some time ago. They play Bach music to prevent youngsters from hanging around for too long (smoking/drinking/ grafitti spraying) ! Cool huh?

Manda said...

Oh my - this is so, so rad! Love it!

Tess said...

Awesome. They need several of these in Seattle.

ma said...

the subway in rio de janeiro also plays classical music! :) the slide is awesome

Becky said...

The problem is, kids would be hogging the slide all day playing on it and no adults would be able to use it.

Anonymous said...

I would slide all the way to work if I could...45 minutes! I must really be Dutch :)

@tishushu said...

Wow. I so wanna play.

savoie said...

Well we need a little fun on our commute. After all this summer in the NL feels like a monsoon autumn.

Mouseblossom said...

Ha! I'll have to tell my friends, they live in Utrecht!

Margaret said...

If only I could ride a slide to school every day...

comprar un yate said...

Thanks so much for your article, quite helpful material.

Lucien said...

Hahaha.. It's funny and also brilliant idea! I think my town must have this "transfer accelerator".

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