Council hosts free screening of Bikes vs Cars

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Bike v Cars film

The Council is providing a free screening of Bike vs Cars, a film that looks at both the struggle for cyclists in a society dominated by cars, and the revolutionary changes that could take place if more cities moved away from car-centric models.

Climate change and never-ending gridlocks frustrate people more than ever. Instead of whining, people in cities around the world take on the bicycle as a Do It Yourself solution.

The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. In the film we meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic.

Bikes vs Cars, a new film project from BANANAS!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* director Fredrik Gertten, looks into and investigates the daily global drama in traffic around the world.

Cabinet Lead for Environment & Sustainability Cllr Rupert Kyrle said, ”The Council recognises that cycling reduces pollution and benefits the health of the cyclist and local residents. We are pleased to offer a free screening of this film which highlights the need for greater cooperation between cars and bikes. I would encourage both cyclists and driver to come and watch this free screening and to discuss the issues.”

The film follows individuals around the world that are fighting to create change. We meet Aline at Sao Paulo’s Ciclofaxia. Aline is an inspirational person in the city’s bicycle movement, who tries to focus on the positive aspects of being a cyclist. But that can be difficult in a city where one bicyclist is killed every four days. And in Toronto, where mayor Rob Ford strips away the city’s bike lanes in his battle to win the “war on cars,” we watch as members of the Urban Repair Squad infiltrate the streets at night, using spray paint and stencils to replace them.

The screening wil be held at The Point on Wednesday 30 September and will be followed by a Question & Answer session.