I Get Around: Active Transportation Short Films

Friday October 7th at 7:30pm

This set of a short films examines active transportation infrastructure, improvements, and lifestyle from around the world.


After the screening, there will be a panel about active transportation in Los Angeles. Panelists include:

  • Tafarai Bayne, EMH Creative Group / CicLAvia
  • Madeline Brozen, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies
  • Valeria Watson, LA Department of Transportation

Tafarai Bayne


Tafarai is a Los Angeles native with extensive experience in the following areas: communications, promotion and outreach, constituency building, stakeholder education, project management, program development, marketing, and event production. He is considered a leader in strategic planning & community organizing issues and has worked on development and urban planning issues for over 15 years with an emphasis on the dynamics impacting urban working class communities. He has extensive organizational development experience having served on the board of Strategic Actions for a Just Economy during a critical executive transition and he recently served on the Board of CicLAvia, having helped spearhead expansion efforts into South Los Angeles. Having spent years as a cultural producer and tastemaker, he has extensive knowledge and relationships in the LA urban artistic community. In 2014 he was appointed as a commissioner to the City of Los Angeles Transportation Commission and currently serves as it’s Vice President. Tafarai is also the founder of EMH Creative Group, a consulting firm focused on strategic planning, communications and production. He is currently the Chief Strategist for CicLAvia.

Madeline Brozen

2016-08-05-16-10-56Madeline Brozen is the Associate Director for External Relations for the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies. She conducts research about transportation and livability issues, largely in partnership with faculty in the UCLA Department of Urban Planning. In Los Angeles, she’s analyzed how people arrive to CicLAvia events, evaluated the parklets on Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles and created standard ways to count the number of people walking and cycling. Madeline lives in Mid-City West and is a board member for the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.

Valerie Watson

v_watsonValerie Watson works for the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) as an urban designer and transportation planner. Valerie, along with her colleagues in the LADOT Active Transportation Division, works to promote implementation of pedestrian- and bicycle-focused design, develop active transportation plans and policies, establish effective partnerships within the City and with advocacy and community organizations, and secure funding opportunities to enhance safety for people who walk, bike and access transit. Her work has created the foundation for the City’s first ever Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan, shoring up a Complete Streets Engineering Toolbox, infusing a data-driven approach into the department’s activities, and – in 2015 – launching Mayor Eric Garcetti’s citywide Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic deaths by 2025. She now serves as LADOT’s Great Streets Coordinator and focuses on managing signature street reconfiguration projects. From 2012-2015, Valerie led the inter-disciplinary team effort resulting in the formalization of People St, a city-wide application-based program that offers communities a process for installing plazas and parklets, low-cost and quickly installed design treatments that reallocate road space as public open space and demonstrate the benefits of investing in the public realm. peoplest.lacity.org  |  visionzero.lacity.org  Valerie

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DTLA_Street_Futures_SmallerDTLA Street Futures

This short is an exploration into the future of streets and cycling in Los Angeles. Looking at CicLAvia as a model for testing the future, the video argues for a new design driven by issues of sustainability, affordability, and the pedestrian pleasures of leaving your car behind.

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 7.10.20 PMDenver ALMOST Has One of the World’s Great Public Squares

Denver has the opportunity to have a public square on par with the best Old-World squares found across Europe.  Filmmaker and Urbanist Chris Jones makes a proposal to make Denver a more walkable transit hub, and it just might be an economic development engine as well.

VV_AT_TITLEVelo Visionaries – Alicia Tapia

In Episode 3 of Velo Visionaries, we talk/ride with Alicia Tapia, creator of Bibliobicicleta, a free library on wheels that can be found weekly in The Panhandle in San Francisco. Alicia is also the librarian and digital literacy instructor at De Marillac Academy in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, and a Zen practitioner.

Traveling by bicycle provides a unique perspective on your surroundings, often inspiring moments of insight and creating a profound connection to your community.

Velo Visionaries presents a series of interviews with great thinkers of today’s global bicycle culture from the point of view of the person behind the handlebars.

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 12.06.00 PMIn Tune With Transit

Active transportation is about integrating us into the transit experience, Transit experience includes the physical environments we travel and use.
Walking and bicycling is a very human experience, human experiences are cultural experiences, cultural experiences in transit are art expressions.
Transit and movement are both stages and opportunities for human expression, human expressions in transit can be transformative, transformative human expressions in transit are culture, creating and uncovering the culture in transit is building transit.

poster_729x1080_Andy_Boenau_indie_filmmaking_urban_planning_advocacy_1War on Congestion

Andy Boenau’s satirical take on the opposing side of “Vision Zero” and how they will launch their counter-crusade: the War on Congestion.  The WoC seeks to eliminate any obstacles (people, parks, homes) that cause congestion.  Will eliminating sidewalks and alternative transportation improve traffic flow?

peatonito_posterPeatónito is in NYC: Protecting Pedestrians from Cars in the Crosswalk

Peatónito (or little pedestrian) could be the most beloved figure in the transportation world. After all, how can you not love a superhero who protects pedestrians from cars?! Since donning the cape and luchador mask three years ago, he has become a media sensation in his home country in Mexico. In this short film, we meet Peatonito in New York City as part of Transportation Alternatives’ Vision Zero for Cities 2016 conference.
Jorge Canez, the man behind the mask, has been a pedestrian advocate for quite a while and in Mexico City and he’s been involved with many tactical urbanism types of interventions like painting crosswalks with cans of spray paint he buys himself. But it’s as Peatónito fighting for a safer city that gets him the most notoriety: gently scolding drivers, escorting pedestrians though dicey intersections and pushing vehicles (or occasionally walking over the tops of cars) to get drivers attention to their bad behavior, while assisting children crossing a few of the extremely congested streets surrounding the many schools there.

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 7.23.38 PMPark(ing) Day 2015

The Mid City West neighborhood of Los Angeles comes together to create more park space one parking space at a time.

567369527_295x166Cycling Without Age: Finn

Age, does it really matter? Being 81 is no obstacle for traveling. Finn went on his first journey ever (out of Denmark) to Norway by bike accompanied by Cycling Without Age

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 7.41.37 PMPriceless

Wendell (aka #FunGuyFinds) is a self proclaimed bike scavenger who sells t-shirts for a living, but his business is more than an economic imperative caused by a recent job loss, it is a philosophy that reflects our unstable economic and environmental times.

Santa Monica’s Savvy Multimodalism (Shows Moxie)

Santa_Monica   Santa Monica certainly has a wave of transportation wonders taking flight. Like many cities they seem to be trying out a heaping of everything: bike share, a mix of bike lane treatments, a new rail line, neighborhood greenways, a pedestrian action plan (incorporating Vision Zero), a new people-friendly promenade/protected cycletrack where the Expo line terminates and of course they always have the hard-to-miss Big Blue Bus!
Just in the last six months they have launched both Breeze bike share and opened the Expo rail line to downtown Los Angeles which cuts travel times from an hour and a half by bus to 50 minutes. (Personal note: after spending the day shooting this story I endured a 2 hour and 15 minute bus ride back to L.A.’s Union Station. So at rush hour it can be even more tortuous than that!) The Breeze bike share was my first experience with the smart bike program and it was easy to use and comfortable.
So come see just some of the many options the city has employed to make getting around as easy as possible whatever mode you choose. Thanks much to the wonderful Cynthia Rose from Santa Monica Spoke who made my first visit there a joy by giving me the grand tour.