Vehicle of the revolution
The bicycle also got a boost thanks to the social, cultural and political earthquake of the sixties and seventies. A new generation questioned the values of post-war prosperity, expressing its concerns about pollution, depletion of raw materials, poor quality-of-life and insecurity, and seeking better alternatives. Provo and Kabouter activists led the way, along with a large variety of other action groups. The bicycle played a role in this broad movement as a matter of course: sometimes as a main character, often as a means to other goals, always as a symbol, and simply as the most suitable means of transport for every campaigner. From a loser in the prosperity race, the bicycle became a moral winner.