You Never Bike Alone

Posted by chdot on November 11, 2006

That’s the (slightly) spooky title of a new 80 minute movie “looking at how cyclists are building critical mass in Vancouver, Canada, and changing the face of the city.”

Critical mass refers to the rising tide of cyclists heading for the “10% by 2010” target. The UK (and Scotland and indeed Edinburgh) have had similar targets but they have been largely abandoned or relaxed.

Critical Mass, the ‘spontaneous’ world-wide last Friday of the month ride, has also played its part in Vancouver’s increase in cycling. “Vancouver has become renowned for its big Critical Mass bike rides, and particularly the party spirit that attracts all types of cyclists.” (Edinburgh has its own – again)

The documentary brings together footage of CM rides over the past decade and adds reports on bike based art activities and interviews with motorists and politicians.

2010 is also the year of the next Winter Olympics which has given a nudge to the ideas of sustainability – not least in transport. Unfortunately “plans are afoot to embark on a massive road infrastructure expansion program on the city outskirts, The Gateway Project, that will flood Vancouver with commuting cars and encourage further sprawl of the city’s ever-expanding commuter belt.”

As the filmmakers say “The lines are drawn, but which vision will prevail?”

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