Friday, October 20th
7:30pm Transportation Short Films $15
- reSITE: Choose Your Future 0:02:12
- Chocolate Spokes 0:05:30
- No Pain No Train 0:10:24
- There’s Always a Way 0:03:32
- Women Just Want To Be Safe – Angela May Chen 0:05:34
- Streetfilms & Streetsblog: The First Ten Years 0:14:33
- Velo Visionaries – Gabe Dominguez 0:10:45
- Vancouver Cycle Chic * 0:03:00
- CYCOLOGIC 0:15:00
- Biketown YYJ 0:08:06
reSITE: Choose Your Future
directed by Martin Barry
CHOOSE YOUR FUTURE is reSITE’s mission statement in 2 minutes of visual and verbal poetry. The urbanized world is reSITE’s playground. reSITE is an international non-profit platform working at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, innovation and economics all to make cities more livable and lovable.
The clip includes a unique and unseen footage of Prague, shot from a rooftop of a tram that was inspired by Danny Boyle’s T2 and was edited from 5 hours of footage taken at different moments of the day and night.
directed by Brendan Leonard
Gregory Crichlow left his architecture job in 2011 to start a bicycle shop in Five Points, a traditionally African-American and Latino neighborhood in Denver. Servicing residents’ bikes keeps the doors open, but hand-building steel frames is what inspires him.
No Pain No Train
directed by Shing Hei Ho
Melbourne’s outer east is still waiting for their ride into town nearly five decades after the Rowville Rail was first proposed.
There’s Always a Way
directed by Darryl Jones
“There’s Always a Way” is a stop-motion animated short featuring “Little Boy Blue”, who is visited by the spirit of his Grandmother who was killed while crossing a street.
Women Just Want To Be Safe – Angela May Chen
directed by Kristin Tieche
There’s a gender gap in biking in San Francisco. Just 32% of bike trips are made by people who identify as women in our city. While that’s above the national average of 24% of all bike trips, these percentages should be much higher. Why is it that American women shy away from biking for transportation, and what should our city do to change that?
Filmmaker Kristin Tieche and photographer Adrienne Johnson have created a new video series to explore in-depth stories of women who bike, or choose not to, in San Francisco.
As women who ride bikes, we have a theory. It’s frankly not safe enough to ride a bike in San Francisco. In cities, and in life in general, women often feel attacked and harassed, and biking in our city offers no relief. The roads are potholed. Drivers are aggressive. Bike lanes and sharrows provide little to no protection. The air at ground level is polluted from exhaust pipes. Ubers, Lyfts, taxis and delivery vehicles block bike lanes. People in cars yell out their windows at people on bikes. Car doors open too close to bike lanes. There are too many vehicles on the street and not enough room for humans. This kind of violence to the psyche makes women afraid to bike, especially on a daily basis sharing the roads with people who commute in cars.
This is not a pretty picture. And yet, it’s the reality of the women-identified riders who take the 32% of trips by bike in our city every day, the two-wheeled warrior women who brave adversity and take up space with their bikes on our city streets.
But not every woman is a warrior. For some women, riding a bike means putting yourself in harm’s way, and the risks are too many for them to consider riding a bike as a viable means of urban transportation. Women’s bodies, families, health, jobs and dignities are not worth the degradation or sacrifice just to get from here to there on a bicycle.
Streetfilms & Streetsblog: The First Ten Years
directed by Clarence Eckerson
This summer, Streetfilms and Streetsblog celebrated our 10-year anniversary, and to mark the occasion, we created this film looking back at how our reporting and videos have changed streets in New York, the U.S., and cities all over the world.
This film showcases only a small portion of the work that thousands of volunteers and advocates have put in. It begins with the NYC Streets Renaissance, a collection of organizations that banded together in 2005 to rally people around the idea that streets can change, by showing best practices from other cities and photosimulations of what NYC streets could become.
You’ll see clips from important Streetfilms like the series on Bogota’s Bus Rapid Transit and Ciclovia, as well as recaps of how Streetsblog influenced transportation policy at City Hall, defended the work of transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, and put pressure on Albany to stop raiding transit funds. Getting closer to the present day, we look at why Streetsblog’s coverage of traffic crashes matters, the new generation of elected officials working for better streets, and what’s next for advocacy in NYC.
Velo Visionaries – Gabe Dominguez
directed by Kristin Tieche
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.
Traveling by bicycle provides a unique perspective on your surroundings, often inspiring moments of insight and creating a profound connection to your community.
In Episode 4 of Velo Visionaries, we talk/ride with Gabe Dominguez, bandleader for SHAKE YOUR PEACE! and co-founder of the Bicycle Music Festival.
Vancouver Cycle Chic
directed by Chris Bruntlett
Cecily Walker, a librarian in Vancouver, finds riding her bicycle helps her better connect to her city and her self.
directed by Emilia Stålhammar, Veronica Pålsson, Elsa LövdinDirector
When one’s traveling the streets of Kampala one does not only face a chaotic and dangerous traffic environment but also struggles to go through endless queues, pollutions, motorcyclists and cars attacking you from every angle which is a energy-consuming dilemma.
Politicians seems to have given up but there are a few people who strives to show that there are alternative ways of movements. The urban planner Amanda Ngabirano’s biggest dream is to have a cycling lane in her city.
An impossible task, according to most people, but not according to Amanda.
directed by Matt Hulse
Biketown YYJ celebrates the cycling community in Victoria, BC, Canada. It showcases Victoria’s ideal cycling landscape, a bike-friendly climate, and a robust cycling community where elite athletes rub fenders with enthusiasts. The idea behind Biketown YYJ is to promote cycling as a fun, accessible, and sustainable form of transit and recreation, and encourage the community to continue to share the road and invest in cycling infrastructure. The music video is a parody of Downtown, by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Biketown is an attitude that results from integrating the bicycle into the fabric of your community in order to promote health, social connection and sustainability. This means that every town can be Biketown. Building Biketown is always a work in progress, but the benefits are endless! Enjoy the ride (and the film)!
If you like this event, you might also like:
Bicycle Revolution: Three short films on bike infrastructure on the regional level. Featuring Los Angeles, Hanoi and Nijmegen Saturday 2pm
Urban Design Short Films: How we design the city is integral to the success of any transportation network.