For the first time, bikes are outselling cars in Spain as people take to two wheels. The latest sales figures show that 780,000 bikes were sold against only 700,000 cars.
In the five years up to 2007, things were very different. Over half the new jobs in the eurozone were created in Spain. With their new found wealth, people bought luxury cars by taking out loans that they can no longer afford. Mercedes, BMW and Audi were the brands of choice, now it is the humble Dacia that is the biggest seller.
In the meantime the bike has become cool; young and old are taking to them and enjoying the freedom that cycling brings.