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An Amsterdammertje is the typical red-brown steel traffic bollard that is used
to separate the sidewalk from the street in Amsterdam. Amsterdammertje
means literally 'little one from Amsterdam' in Dutch. The bollards have the
three Saint Andrew's Crosses from the coat of arms of Amsterdam.
2 Current policy
3 See also
Around 1800, more and more individual people in Amsterdam started to use
bollards to protect the sidewalk in front of their houses. These bollards were
made of metal (originally old cannons, see also Bollards), stone, or wood. In
the late 19th century the first cast iron bollards were made. From 1915
onwards there was a standard bollard of 70 kg cast iron with three Saint
Andrew's Crosses from the coat of arms of Amsterdam. This bollard already
looked like the modern Amsterdammertje, although, amongst other differences, An Amsterdammertje
it was thinner and heavier. 
From 1972 the Amsterdammertjes were no longer made from the expensive
and heavy cast iron, but from plates of steel, approximately 1.35 m high  and
only weighing 20 kg. This type is currently used in the city of Amsterdam; all
1915 type bollards have been replaced or removed. In 1984, there were
approximately 100,000 Amsterdammertjes.
Because of trucks pushing over the bollards and smaller cars passing between
the bollards, the use of Amsterdammertjes was no longer a sufficient method
to prevent cars from parking on the sidewalks. During the 2000s, the
sidewalks in Amsterdam are being slightly elevated from the streets, meaning A street with Amsterdammertjes on the painting
Backlight Langestraat (1993) by Frans Koppelaar
that the Amsterdammertjes are no longer needed to separate the sidewalk
from the street. Yearly, around 2,000 Amsterdammertjes will be removed until
they are all gone. In 2003, there were 37,616 Amsterdammertjes left.
New and used Amsterdammertjes are sold online by the city government of Amsterdam. 
1. ^ a b c Fischer, Ulli (2006-03-22). "Het Amsterdammertje" . Amsterdam.nl . City of Amsterdam. Archived from the original on
2007-02-26. Retrieved 2007-04-06.
2. ^ "Amsterdammertje kopen" . www.amsterdamtourist.nl . Amsterdams tourisme- & congresbureau. Retrieved 2007-04-06.
3. ^ "Verkoop Amsterdammertje" . . City of Amsterdam. Retrieved 2007-04-06.