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Bikes vs Cars: A Documentary Inspiring better urban planning, Plus a CO2 Mapping App as proof we need it

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Coming to the BIG screen in December, Bikes vs Cars is a documentary by Director Fredrik Gertten that investigates the daily traffic drama around the world.  It centers on how politicians who work for change are facing a multi-billion dollar car, oil and construction industry that use all their means to keep society car dependent. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system, but will the economic powers allow it?

The movie spotlights moments like in Toronto, when everyone’s favorite crack smoking mayor Rob Ford stripped away the city’s bike lanes in his battle to win the opposing “war on cars,” followed then by members of the Urban Repair Squad attacking the pavement at night, using spray paint and stencils to replace them.

Safely roll past the break to see the movie’s trailer and where it’s premiering…..

Bikes vs Cars

Bikes vs Cars looks at both the struggle for bicyclists in a society dominated by cars, and the revolutionary changes that could take place if more cities moved away from car-centric models. It’s an uneven fight, but the movie is aimed at further validating the importance of reconsidering the future of transportation infrastructure and how the bicycle can improve it.

Bikes vs Cars will premiere in theaters in December alongside a new Bike Data App as part of the film-inspired movement. The app tracks the distance covered during the user’s cycling trips and converts that data into CO2 emissions saved. Using this data, the app is able to provide information on both an individual and a collective impact. While the user will be able to track and record their own bike trips, their data will be shared so that a total number of kilometers traveled and CO2/oil saved per city will be displayed.

The Bikes vs Cars app will also serve as a political tool so the data can fuel a larger political discussion around traffic, oil and climate change. It’ll also function as feedback for city-planners that can lead to increased “traffic-calming” measures being installed where they’re needed the most.

Theatrical release starts December 4 at Cinema Village in New York and Laemmle Monicas in Los Angeles.

Bikes-vs-Cars.com/thefilm

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bikermark
bikermark
8 years ago

Not the best title because most people who drive also own bicycles, and many people who bike also own cars. I ride everywhere because live in a city and point A to point B, biking is the fastest, funnest and cheapest option. It’s great that I’m not polluting but my motives for riding are purely selfish. Sample size: 1.

Matt
Matt
8 years ago

Yeah, and because we know that man made global warming/climate change is a cruel hoax.

eadm
8 years ago

Almost got run over by an aggressive Tesla driver yesterday

Heffe
Heffe
8 years ago

A pretty good title since most people who drive do not also own bicycles, and since of course you take your life into your hands every time you venture out onto the gnarly 110% auto-oriented streets.

Pynchonite
8 years ago

@bikermark, Heffe – depends if the film addresses the framing of the issue as “Bikes vs Cars” as a wedge used by the auto/petro industries to keep real change from occurring. If it’s just a descriptive title, then yeah it’s pretty ham-fisted.

scentofreason
scentofreason
8 years ago

One big easy step we could take, here in America, is to simply have 5-ish bike rules/rights questions on the driver’s license exam. With the stipulation that if you miss even one of these questions, you don’t get your license. At least for a day, you can come back the next day and re-take the test. Would definitely put bikes on the forefront of driver’s attention, at least for awhile.

Heffe
Heffe
8 years ago

@scentofreason – Your idea smells terrific!

Ivan
Ivan
8 years ago

That will only make PPF (plod, pass, forget) philosophy everlasting.

I wouldn’t expect anything else I’m afraid…

Cheers!

I.

fergus
fergus
8 years ago

Rob Ford is a human hamburger.

bikermark
bikermark
8 years ago

@scentofreason: some states are now doing that. The problem is most people are only tested once for their knowledge of the law. Of course knowledge of the law is no guarantee of compliance. Can’t wait for robots to take over driving….

weatherman
weatherman
8 years ago

If you really want to cutback on CO2, dont ride your bike.

Chasejj
Chasejj
8 years ago

The biking lobby is pushing this cars vs. bikes thing. It was recently profiled on HBO Real Sports. The fact is bikes at a Denmark level popularity don’t work in many cities for cultural,weather or topograhpical reasons. It is not a blanket solution that will ever gain traction outside of very flat, temperate climate cities with massive density.
Creating new bike lanes by removing vehicle access will only result in more conflict. My own observations here in Norcal is that road bikers will ride outside their designated lanes for no explicable reason other than they just feel like it.
Creating massive conflict and really putting themselves at risk by challenging drivers who they cannot even see or sense their intent. Pure idiocy if you ask me.
I avoid it all by driving my massive 4×4 truck to the trailhead and riding without cars around me. I tried to go car free in my college days and it sucked and I was in the flatest area imaginable in Norcal and had the entire bikeshop of gear at my disposal.
I nice cage around you with heat and AC is a great thing. Why fight it?

Ivan
Ivan
8 years ago

Why? Because you can 🙂

I just recently bought a car, after almost 9 years of bike + public transport only. From flat Midlands of Central England to ups end downs of South Yorkshire. Only because my wife insisted we bought a car. Still most of my mileage is on the bike. I’m filling in my tank only once a month.
Using it mainly to drive to cycling destinations.

And England is not famous for it’s mild weather…

Friend of mine did complete house removal using only his bike and Extrawheel trailer. And it wasn’t two roundabouts down the road. Solid 20 miles one way. And it wasn’t student’s house with 1 dish and microwave only…

Cheers!
I.

JBikes
JBikes
8 years ago

Chasejj – my grandma would say the same about mountain biking, and that is “pure idiocy if you ask me”

There is no massive conflict with regards to drivers. Most drivers won’t be inconvenienced by more than a couple seconds on their commute by a biker. Of which they can make up by wiggling their right toe (in the comfort of AC and/ heat). Heck even if it was a minute (which is huge) that vast issue facing drivers is other drivers. You are the traffic. You are the problem. You are the back-up. You are the congestion. Bikes are a scapegoat.

Chasejj
Chasejj
8 years ago

Jbikes-You are wrong. Ask anyone who isn’t a biker in an area where road riding is popular.
I should add, I live in semi rural Bay area not in the city. We see the die hards stressing over the slightest grade riding from the BART station. It will never catch on. It just won’t.

Matt
Matt
8 years ago

yawn. go ride.

OFfCourse
OFfCourse
8 years ago

Be a patriot. Ride a bike, be happier, live longer, be smarter, be financially more stable, create a better environment for the future. I’ve commuted year round in the Midwest, and in NorCal. Good clothing and being prepared are two huge components of keeping yourself on a bike. I’m not anti car; but there’s a reason why bicycles are considered alternative transportation. I used to love commuting to work and class in college after it snowed to have people call me crazy. It put a smile on my face when someone had trouble grasping such a simple concept and at the same time was in debt up to their ears because of vehicle costs. We were achieving the same goal (point A to point B), but I was having more fun at a lower cost. Better infrastructure is what leads to people using the infrastructure and it takes time for everyone to accept that concept. I’m sure 100 years ago a guy on a horse wasn’t happy about some exhaust belching four wheel device using the roadway that was initially built for carriages and bicycles.

chasejj
chasejj
8 years ago

OFfcourse-
I did the same when I was in my 20’s in school. Add 30 years and kids and stuff and it just don’t work. For those reasons spending massive public infrastructure dollars is IMO not a priority or justified. I like cars for safe transport and bikes for fun. 95+% of the population would agree with me.
USA is not Denmark…anywhere I have ever seen. Different dynamic, different culture. Just different.

kg
kg
8 years ago

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frogg
frogg
8 years ago

@chasejj Denmark and Holland are different only because at some point they said NO to the rampant car culture. It’s no coincidence. It was 40 years ago. So they planned their infrastructure for bikes, pedestrians, public transportation, closing inner cities to cars etc etc. Just note that it was easy not because it is flat, but because they had no local car industry to fight with … The car industry can largely be compared to the tobacco industry; It will follow the same fate, as people realize the trap they are in. Then, they will follow the tobacco industry and sell their junk to developing countries …

frogg
frogg
8 years ago

if you want to see the trend already happening in cities (mostly european) you can check this site http://www.urb-i.com/ where they show a before and after kicking the cars out . I challenge anyone to tell me it was better before!

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