Arnhem Bitcoincity Enrolls 50th Merchant to Accept Bitcoin

Arnhem Bitcoincity has enrolled its fiftieth participant. The newest addition to the impressive list of brick and mortar locations to accept bitcoin in the Dutch city of Arnhem is a local dentist by the name of C.A. Sriram.

Inspired by another regional bitcoin project, the Kreuzberg area in Berlin, the Arnhem Bitcoincity initiative was launched by three friends in May of 2014. Arnhem locals Patrick van der Meijde, Rogier Eijkelhof and Annet de Boer had been a fan of the cryptographic currency for years, but couldn't actually spend bitcoins in their hometown in the eastern part of the Netherlands. So they decided to team up, and launch their own version of a bitcoin only street, but this time enrolling bars and restaurants all throughout the city.

“We initially advertised it as a one night only pub-crawl type of event, because we figured that might get more of these bars and restaurant on board,” Van der Meijde explained. “But it was always our hope that they'd keep accepting bitcoin even after the original Arnhem Bitcoincity night was over, of course.”

Using this strategy, the team got fifteen participants to sign up. Not bad for a town with just slightly over 150,000 inhabitants. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, most of the original fifteen participants indeed decided to keep accepting bitcoin even after the first Arnhem Bitcoincity night was over.

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Moreover, the pub crawl turned out to be the launch of a much bigger phenomenon, as Arnhem Bitcoincity has been growing steadily ever since. The team added various new participants throughout the rest of 2014 and 2015, which now started to include all sorts of merchants, including a florist, a hairdresser, three book stores, a bike shop, liquor stores