News of: Monday, May 13 2013,
The first cyclists passed through the Rijksmuseum passage way today, after a closure of 10 years.
The cycle path through the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam had been closed for the duration of the museum's renovation, which took 10 years.
Up till the latest moment it remained unclear whether the passage way would be opened for cyclists. The Rijksmuseum was opposed, as was the neighbourhood council Amsterdam Zuid.
However, the central city authority of Amsterdam decided otherwise, and after a political battle of years, the passage way is now open again for cyclists, as of 6pm today.
This was celebrated today by the Dutch Cyclist Union, which called upon cyclists to come to the Rijksmuseum at 6pm, to cycle together through the Rijksmuseum.
Up till the last moment, the exact opening hours were unclear. The recently placed traffic sign is already out of date - it says cyclists can pass from 6pm to 8am, but in fact the passage way is always open.
Mopeds are not allowed to go through.
Traffic sign for Rijksmuseum giving exception for cyclists
Cyclists waiting for the Rijksmuseum to get through the passageway.