Fun Routes to Transit

“Why I Ride” is on hiatus this week. Instead we bring you the latest transit innovation from the Dutch city of Utrecht — the “transfer accelerator.”

Translation courtesy of The Pop-Up City:

The designers explain that their slide is meant to be a nice gesture to the travellers. They brilliantly foresaw that such a playful urban intervention can generate large-scale positive spin-off for a disadvantaged neighborhood like Overvecht, and that’s exactly what happened.

Frivolous fun, or ingenious solution to the MTA’s escalator maintenance woes? (In Utrecht, of course, they don’t get 106-degree scorchers like today, so this slide will probably stay usable all year round.)

  • While I think this is a great idea, the skeptic in me doesn’t think NYC could keep such a slide clean… 

  • I think slides stay clean the natural way….they get wiped on the way down each time someone goes down. All of our asses sit on all kinds of surfaces throughout the day, but at least in this case, there’s some friction involved:)

  • I often see “follies” like this built in European urban environments.  Why can’t things be built just for “the fun of it!”  Oh wait if it’s not our Puritanical Victorian up-tightness that puckers our bodies into paralysis when considering such ideas, the lawyers will surely put an end to it.

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