Recent & upcoming in Aalborg: library cinema night, Research Days at Aalborg Hospital, Children’s Run sign-up deadline, Organic take-away in Aalborg, Children’s Carnival, New traffic app

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Cinema at Aalborg Library

Aalborg Main Library staff invite you to a movie screening of Lykkevej in their cozy cinema today, Friday, 25th April from 16:00-18:00. The movie tells a humorous story about different Danish cultures meeting one another.The movie will be shown in Danish with English subtitles. The event is free and there is no need to register – just show up and head upstairs to the cinema. Read more about the film here.

forsikningsdøgnResearch Days at Medicinerhuset

Aalborg University will open their doors for fun and educational activities for children and the young at heart tomorrow, Saturday, April 26 at Medicinerhuset from 10:00 to 13:00. Come learn how to save lives with CPR, have a teddy bear examined by doctors at the Teddy Bear Hospital and move around as a piece of a giant human puzzle. The event is part of the national science festival Research Days, and researchers from the hospital, Aalborg University and UCN Jutland will be offering a morning with lots of ‘vitamins for the head’. ‘We want to help show kids that by knowing some simple methods they can actually help to save another person’s life if, for example, someone collapses under cardiac arrest. We will teach children to provide basic first aid by encouraging them to call for help and ring 1-1-2, give CPR and use a defibrillator,’ says doctor and coordinator Kristian Kragholm. The Teddy Bear Hospital is a nationwide project organized by medical students, which caters to the youngest children. ‘We treat children’s teddy bears in a safe and quiet environment so that, through play, children can see that we are not dangerous white monsters, but friendly people who are just trying to help,’ said chairman of the Teddy Bear Hospital in Aalborg, Ditte Nymark Hansen. Medicinerhuset is located at Mølleparkvej 4 in Aalborg. Click here for more information about the event.

Sign-up deadline 30 April for Aalborg’s Children’s Run

Remember to sign up for AalborimageGen.ashxg’s annual Children’s Run, which will take place Sunday, 11 May at Karolinelund at 10:00. A route of 1 km will be drawn up and children ages 0 to 10 can take up to an hour to complete the course. Cost of participation is 85 kr. + 12 kr. fee if you sign up by 30 April; parents are welcome to run with their children for free. Race officials will distribute a number to each participating child and goodie-bags will be given out at the finish line. Click here for more information but please note that as of press time, the map, invitation and poster on the website are outdated (for last year’s race) and display the wrong location.

Organic take-away now available in Aalborg

An organic dinner concept that is well on its way to becoming a nationwide trend opens Saturday, April 26 in Aalborg. Jacob Vangaa, owner of Vangaa’s Mad at Kristinevej 2 in Vejgaard, has joined the network of kitchens working under the same brand and with the common goal of offering healthy organic takeaway in Denmark. ‘Our customers order on the Internet and we bring hot meals to their door. Our logistics is so precise that you can order your dinner right up until 17:45 and have it delivered an hour after ordering,’ says the man behind the project, Jacob Mother. Jacob Vangaa works daily to make lunch for local businesses and institutions.

Changes to Children’s Carnival this year

The Children’s Carnival, which is part of the annual week-long Aalborg Carnival festivities, will cost less and include more activities this year, including a costume competition and MGP show as well as more entertainment at Kildeparken. Because many parents complained last year about the high price of the required armband – 125 kr. – especially since it was good for only that day, this year children will be able to take part for 50 kr. and bring an adult with them for free. The children’s carnival will take place Saturday, 17 May from 9:30 to 15:00, starting with a parade through Aalborg to Kildeparken. More information is available here.

New app leads you away from traffic jams and/or toward parking spaces

Are you tired of needing an extra half-hour to get somewhere because there’s been an accident in Limfords Tunnel? Or do you just want to know whether the highway to Hobro is clear of traffic? Now there is an app for your smartphone that might be able to help. Called ‘Trafikken Nordjylland’, the app provides the same information you can get at, which provides current traffic conditions for those driving, taking the bus or riding on the train in this region of Denmark.The app is available for iPhones and Androids. It was developed in a collaboration between the Danish Road Directorate and Aalborg Kommune.

Web cameras
‘The app is intended as a service you can quickly check before you take off. For example, it is easy to flip between webcam images from the many web cams that stand along the roads throughout the country. From our user numbers, we can see that drivers, especially, like this feature,’ says Road Directorate project manager Christian von Huth. The biggest traffic problem in North Jutland is Limfjordstunnelen, and Trafikken Nordjylland pays special attention to both it and Limfjords Bridge. If the tunnel is blocked or the bridge is up (to let boats pass under), the traffic information map indicates this.

Available parking spaces
In addition, the app makes it easier to find a parking space in Aalborg. ‘We are pleased that our travel time system and our parking information can now be even more useful. The Trafikken Nordjylland app can indicate current travel times for selected lines/roads as well as the nearest available parking space, including how to get to it, via the phone’s built-in navigation,’ says Ulrich Clausen, Traffic Engineer at Aalborg Kommune.

As usual, thanks to Midt-Vest Avis for most of these news items. Any errors in translation are the sole responsible of the blogger.


Aalborg light rail or bus rapid transit system expected to be operational by 2021

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A visualization of the light rail transit on Boulevarden by Henning Larsen Architects
A visualization of the light rail transit on Boulevarden by Henning Larsen Architects

UPDATE: An information center set up to provide information and answer questions about the light rail system will be open from 20 June to 9 September, 2015 in the Nordea building at Budolfi Plads. The exhibition opens in connection with the recently published EIA report and the public hearing phase of the project. At the exhibition you can find answers to questions such as where the light rail will run and what the light rail will mean for Aalborg and its citizens. The exhibition will be staffed during business hours by information officers who will respond to questions about the project. Opening times each week are: Monday – Friday from 15:00 to 17:30 and Saturday from 10:30 to 13:00. Read the press release about it (in Danish) here.

[Original post}: At a public meeting last Thursday, 10 April, 2014 Aalborg’s Mayor Thomas Kastrup-Larsen presented to 130 city residents plans for a new light rail or bus rapid transit (BRT) system that will be built to cross the city, from the new university hospital in the east (currently under construction) to Mølholm in the west. Along with Regional Council Chairman Ulla Astman and city architect Peder Baltzer Nielsen, the mayor fielded questions and comments following a presentation made by Nielsen.

Aalborg Light Rail/BRT, as the project is being called, is a joint effort by Aalborg Kommune, Region Norjylland, and Norjylland Transport; funding and support are also being provided by the Danish government. The project is currently in the beginning planning stage. In 2014 and 2015 the city will carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which will be followed by funding and decisions on which type of system, design and construction, expected to be completed by 2018. Construction will take place after that and the system is expected to be up and running in 2021, one year after the hospital opens.

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