Sunday, January 16, 2011
As a Brigham Young University alumnus, the influential 1960s dada/anarchist movement in Amsterdam known as Provo has always made my day just by existing.
I had no idea that their White Plans, policy proposals made after several Provos won seats on Amsterdam's City Council, included Witfiets [White Bikes], one of the first urban bikesharing plans in the world; and Witkar [White Car], a computer-managed co-op network of urban electric cars, that actually operated around Amsterdam for several years in the 1970s and 80s.
They were actually designed and built by the Witkar's inventor, an engineer and Provo named Luud Schimmelpennink. They're kind of rustic, but also fantastic. Like little Popemobiles.
There's an attempt to bring Witkars to the 21st century, too [witkar.nl]