Bikes vs Cars

SE, 2015, 91 min, OV with German subtitles
Directed by: Fredrik Gertten

April 10th

mit David Horvath (Radaktivist) und Brigitte Schicho (ARGUS Steiermark) über die Lage in Graz, was verändert werden sollte und wie mensch aktiv werden kann

System Change not Climate Change Graz, ARGUS Steiermark


The bicycle, 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? Bikes vs Cars, the new film from BANANAS!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas!*
director Fredrik Gertten, investigates the 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 amongst the bicyclists. And now they demand safe lanes.

It’s an uneven fight. Activists and politicians that work for change are
facing a multi-billion dollar car, oil and construction industry that use
all their means to keep society car dependent. We know that the world
needs radical changes to tackle climate change and the destruction of the
environment, but the car industry is selling more cars than ever. Today
there are one billion cars in the world. By 2020, that number will double.

Bikes vs Cars follows the people 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 strips 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 looks at both the struggle of cyclists in a society
dominated by cars, and the revolutionary changes that could take place if
more cities moved away from car-centric models.

Best Feature – San Francisco Green FF
Best Film – Cinemambiente Environmental FF
Best Documentary – Urban TV Awards
Audience Award – UK Green FF