The strength of a bicycle lies in society’s need for it, as well as its technical genius. However, its actual value is in the liberation of the individual – the bike as key to emancipation in the engineered society.
The protagonists mentioned below exemplify this will for independence through their own life. They all show through their life, although very differently, our own possibilities.
For them, cycling is a concept of life and a sustainable gain.
• Erich Winkler, a successful cyclist from the depths of Lower Bavaria. He has only one arm and one leg.
• Jürgen Koschmann, pensioner. He survives the city traffic with his Lastenrad.
• Roland Girtler, Professor for sociology in Vienna. He conducts his research solely by bike.
• Mizi Schwaiger and Marie Angerer, 80-year old pensioners from Upper Austria. They cycle everywhere, even in winter.
• Täve Schur might be Germany’s most popular cyclist. The world- and Olympic champion is considered to be incorruptible and consistent.
• Horst Tomayer, Germany’s “last baroque poet” does not have a driver’s license and constantly has to sing while cycling.
• Maria Planer, a fast bicycle courier in Frankfurt, believes in the city.
• Friedrich Schorlemmer, priest and hero of the GDR civil rights movement, shows us that this world has a future only with the bicycle.
We can save the line of argument that cycling makes sense from the ecological, business and health perspective.
It would remain fruitless.
First of all, we will have to look at the two most important sources of the misunderstood bicycle:
Our absurd relationship to the body, which has lost its grip and the seemingly irresistible attraction of mechanical locomotion.
Only the one who can manage to break free from these ties will achieve great freedom.
author: Thomas Willke
production: lilis park, Munich 2009