Nowadays riding a bike is seen as the very essence of urban lifestyle and youth. Against a backdrop of growing awareness of health, sustainability and environmental protection, together with the increasing traffic and transport problems in cities, the bicycle is turning into the latest symbol of speed and flexibility. Technical and aesthetic advances in electric bikes are also accelerating this process. The exhibition presents new mobility concepts and showcases outstanding design products, from cult racing cycles to cutting-edge city bikes, and from the latest folding bicycles and electric bikes through to high-performance cargo bikes for couriers and families.
Photos: We are traffic, Björn Lexius & Till Gläser / Cykelslangen in Kopenhagen, Dissing+Weitling Architecture
Mobility concepts for the twenty-first century
Every modern city committed to innovation and progress is now busy collaborating with architects, designers and urban planners to consider the needs of cyclists and develop transport concepts for the twenty-first century.
“Bike | Design | City” takes a look at the wide variety of bike scenes in evidence today, while exploring cycling's rich development potential for urban transport and presenting some possible future scenarios involving bikes.
The show also includes photographs from the “we are traffic” series by Björn Lexius and Till Gläser, as well as drawings by René Zäch, Gianluca Gimini’s bizarre bicycles from the “Velocipedia” series and a preview of the new comic book “Tour de Suisse” by Marc Locatelli and Martin Born, which has illustrations by more than thirty of Switzerland’s finest cartoonists.
This exhibition mounted by the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur is accompanied by activities, workshops, a weekend event during Velofrühling (the Winterthur bike festival) and a conference led by Pro Velo and partners.