Director: Fredrik Gertten
Writer(s): Fredrik Gertten
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. Road rage and poor city planning creates daily death amongst the bicyclists. And now they demand safe lanes. From bike activists in Sao Paulo and Los Angeles, fighting for safe bike lanes, to the City of Copenhagen, where forty percent commute by bike daily, BIKES VS CARS will look 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.
Topics: Bicycles, automobiles, transportation, global policies, social justice, climate, environment, oil, economics. Talkback with panelists Paul Logue, Athens City Planner; Pete Kotses, Athens City Council; Sam Crowl, Office of Sustainability.
“Gertten has put in the time to capture how these cities’ unique scenarios unfold to mount a compelling case against the powerful automotive, oil and construction lobbies.” – Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times
“Watching a teacher lead a group of schoolchildren around busy Bogotá on their little bikes, teaching them how to safely navigate their city on their own power, you might feel hopeful for the future of eco-friendly transportation.” – Meave Gallagher, Village Voice