Velofollies vs Bike reality

I almost forgot about these pictures, but they are so symbolical I still want to share them. Because Velofollies (the biggest Belgian bike fair) opened only at 2 pm that friday, I took my city bike, jumped on a train, read a newspaper and some magazines, worked on the IPad, listened to some music and after arriving did some city-tripping in Kortrijk. It was cool to rediscover work of art I already knew and discover newly build things. When I finally arrived at the fair there was a huge complete snow and ice free parking lot for cars and a very small parking space for bikes completely covered in fresh snow. Quite ironic I think… And inside you could find thousands of fast and mostly very expensive bikes, outside there were thousands of mostly expensive cars and five old, heavy used bikes (actually, one of them was a cheating publicity bike). But doesn’t this illustrated the real position of a bike in our society? As an expansive thing of beauty for the sunday morning ride to the pub… I hope the ‘car bikers’ suffered from a major traffic jam on the way home. Oops, sorry…

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