The bicycle is an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? This is the subject of the SEMG Sierra Club program for 6:30 pm, Thursday, February 2, 2017 (Groundhog Day) at the Elks Lodge, 2401 E. 4th St., Royal Oak, MI.
Bikes vs Cars is a documentary film that looks into daily global drama in traffic around the world. 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 among the bicyclists. And now they demand safe lanes.
The film follows individuals around the world that are fighting to create change. We meet Aline at Sao Paulo’s Ciclofaxia, the weekly Sunday ride where one lane of Paulista Avenue is opened for bikes only. 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 stripped 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.
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.
Watch the trailer on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bikesvscars
The Royal Oak Elks Lodge is at the corner of 4th St. & SB I-75 Service Drive, South of 11 Mile Rd. This is the regular Sierra Club SEMG Membership meeting, 1st Thursday, monthly. It’s open to the public; any interested person can attend.
6:30-7:00 Snacks, socializing