Whee! Dutch Transit Authority Installs Playground-Style Slide on Train Platform [VIDEO]
Morning commutes just got a lot more fun in Utrecht. Recent renovations to a train station in the Overvecht neighborhood of the Netherlands city included the installation of a slide (their transit authority calls it a “transfer accelerator”), which passengers can ride to the platform instead of taking the adjacent stairs.
See it in action in the below clip:
Why a slide? Says the Pop-Up City blog:
“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.”
We think the installation might have been inspired by this Volkswagen ad from last year, which shows rogue commuters putting a plastic slide in a German subway station:
It also reminds us of another Volkswagen initiative from 2009, in which they turned subway steps in Sweden into piano keys to encourage the usage of stairs over an escalator:
Your move, US public transportation. May we suggest monkey bars on city buses?