Over the past decade, the bike has made an immense comeback as a means of transport. This revival is a worldwide phenomenon and brings us back to the time that the bike was an important means of transport in our lives and in the urban network. At a time when fossil fuel deficiencies, increasing pollution and global warming are causing ever greater challenges, it is almost logical that the bicycle now becomes a priority.
We could define today's bicycle as a mix of evolutions and new perspectives in terms of concept, design, technology, mobility and the community. Again, the bike has a leading role as a powerful tool for both the world of now and the future.
The exhibition examines what the future holds for the bicycle. Talent and ingenuity lead the race, brilliant ideas and ingenious prototypes play a central role. Through the combination of design and technology in different ways, designers constantly find out the bike. The result is a photofinish between design, excellent craftsmanship and industry. Other aspects of cycling such as mobility, safety and the 'bicycle community' are also discussed in the exhibition.
The bicycle enthusiast can enjoy the bike expedition for hours. And not just on and rainy day.
Cycling has a huge influence on the development of our cities. New forms of parking, bridges and bicycle tunnels are included in urban infrastructure, in addition to smaller scale interventions such as traffic light sensors for traffic lights. The bicycle community unites like-minded people, from bicycle associations to people who cycle in their spare time or because they want to move, to people who see the bike as an alternative means of transport.
The exhibition shows contemporary models including Ross Lovegrove's "Bamboo", as well as prototypes and experiments with unusual materials and applications. Attention is also paid to the bicycle accessories. For example, the 'Hövding' airbags helmets and the Hammerhead navigation system are designed to make the most of our bicycle.
Projects such as the London Underline and the Van Gogh Roosegaarde cycle path in Eindhoven explore the theme of mobility, while other projects serve to illustrate aspects of the bicycle community.
- The exhibition was designed by the IMF Foundation and Design museum Gent
- Exhibitions curator: Elisabetta Pisu (IMF Foundation)
- Curator of the theme mobility: Evelien Bracke (Design museum Gent).
Design museum Gent