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Major cycling exhibition at London's Design Museum next year

Exhibition will focus on both utility cycling and sport including exploring cycling subcultures

London’s Design Museum will next year host a major exhibition devoted to cycling – the first dedicated exclusively to bicycles there since 1997.

The exhibition at the venue in Shad Thames on the South Bank of the Thames just east of Tower Bridge will take place from 9 September 2015 to 28 February 2016.

According to a press release from the museum, it will focus on both utility cycling and cycle sport, including addressing cycling subcultures.

The museum says:

Britain is in the midst of an explosion of interest in bicycles and bicycling at every level, from every day commuting to Olympic level competition.

It’s a phenomenon which is changing the way that we use our towns and cities.  It is driving a wave of creative innovation for mass market cycling, and has also resulted in a surge of craftsman bicycle makers working by hand to tailor machines to the precise specifications of their users. The results are beautiful as well as ingenious. 

The Design Museum will celebrate the bicycle with a major exhibition that brings together a range of the definitive bicycles of our times, explores the cycling subcultures and the impact of the quest to achieve greater performance is having on the design of bicycles.  

Bicycles also formed part of the sports-themed Designed to Win exhibition in 2012, held to coincide with the capital’s hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games that year.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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