22 July 2012

Bicycles and Flowers in Riga

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On a recent visit to Riga, Latvia, I was invited on two bike rides. One of them was probably the loveliest bike ride I could imagine. All around the world there are bike rides taking place. Celebrating the bicycle, riding in support of this or that cause. All nice.

In Riga, however, a local bike shop arranged a Bicycle Flower Festival. Encouraging people to decorate their bicycles with flowers and go for a ride.

For no other reason than bicycles and flowers are a match made in heaven and compliment each other brilliantly.
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So simple, so lovely. We wish we had thought of it ourselves.
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Getting a police escort for a Bicycle Flower ride is a fantastic irony.
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The ride ended at the Dutch Bike shop for a barbeque and DJs. But there had to be a winner for most splendidly-decorated bicycle and here she is. What a brilliant decoration. She transformed her bicycle, using flowers, into a peacóck.
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3 comments:

Vincent - Strasbourg Cycle Chic said...

What a great idea ! Lovely.

Oracle said...

Mikael, I'm in love with that big headlight in the last photo. Do you know where to get one?

Buyruk said...

These look awesome! May I use some of these pictures in a blog post (in Turkish), of course referencing to this page? In our local community, the information pool is very limited, so I would like to let them know of this beautiful fest. Thanks.