With the growing surge of cyclist popping up more and more, there was no better time to showcase the history of cycling in Konas own backyard; Vancouver, BC.
Did you know that there are roadies, commuters, fixies and trackies, cruisers, couriers, cyclo-tourists, tall bike riders and the mini bike army, bike cops, choppers, pursuiters, randonneurs and critical massers, triathletes, freak-bikers, bmx’rs and downhillers in Vancouver? And that’s just to name a few…
This 7500 square foot exhibit about contemporary and future cycling in Vancouver, designed and curated by Toby Barratt, Nik Rust, and Pamela Goddard from Propellor Design, challenges people to think differently about an everyday object. It redefines the bicycle as a vehicle for artistic self-expression, a provocative symbol of counter-culture and as a tool for social change.
A quiet, human powered revolution is gaining momentum in our city. Vancouver is becoming a Velo-City- a City of Cyclists, growing in number every year, who ride many different types of bikes for many different reasons. They are united in their passion for the simple pleasure of experiencing the city by bicycle.
As this collective passion gains momentum, individuals and groups of like minded cyclists are using their bicycles to map new terrain in the pursuit of personal freedom, fitness, sustainability, creativity, community- building and pleasure. The bicycle is not only a superbly efficient form of transportation, but incrrasingly, it is a vehicle for re-imagining the self as well as the way our city is organized and experienced. Not to mention just how much fun it is to ride a bike. History speaks for itself.
Our contribution to bicycles showcased were the UTE, the Africa Bike and Wendy Simms CycloCross race rig, the Major Jake. Take the time to check out the timelines of cycling in BC and more than a few times the kids at Kona pop in and out of some of the monumental changes in cycling. From Watsons jump over the tour du France to Hall of famers Dr. Dew, Jake and Dan. The exhibit runs from June 4th to September 7th at MOV (Museum of Vancouver)