Cool documentaries: Bikes, cities and urban culture get together.
What’s cool about the bike movement is that it gets people talking. Not just about riding, but culture, the environment and camaraderie. Here, some of our favorite documentaries on two wheels:
CRITICAL DIRT — A study in crossification
Released during 2015, Critical Film is a documentary about a very special weekend of unconventional cyclocross racing. It only took 126 km of dirt, gravel and cobblestones divided in 4 stages between German cities Dresden and Leipzig, 80 racers, 9 hours, 35°C, 600 liters of water, a ton of food, a world cup quarterfinal and many many enthusiastic souls, to make this an unbelievable experience.
Cuba underwent a bicycle revolution in the 1990s during its five year ‘Special Period’. Oil was scarce as a result of tough economic constraints, and throughout those years of austerity, bicycles were introduced as an alternative mode of transport. Thousands of Cubans used bicycles on a regular basis, as pedaling became the norm on the island. Released in 2014, Havana Bikes has been recognized through many film festival awards.
Bikes Vs Cars
Bikes vs Cars depicts a global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: Climate, earth’s resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy traffic chaos. 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.