Original multilingual version with English or French subtitles according to the schedule
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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, a new film project from BANANAS!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* director Fredrik Gertten, looks into and 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 save the climate and 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.
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 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.
The programming of this film incites us to highlight the film’s themes by organising a series of discussions and debates among our community. BIKES VS. CARS will be screened in the presence of speakers and professionals coming from diverse organisations sensible to the relation between cyclists and drivers. They will be on hand to challenge the various issues and ideas raised by the film and to discuss Montreal’s bike paths planning in the future.
Cycle tracks and public transportation, protection of green spaces, parking problems, restoration and the upgrade of public areas, all subjects will be explored and discussed.
The schedule with the special guests will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
Friday July 31st at 7:15pm
En présence de Magali Bebronne de VÉLO QUÉBEC, Agente de liaison en transport actif dans les milieux scolaires et en charge du Certificat cycliste averti
Saturday August 1st at 7:15pm
En présence de Mathieu Séguin
Porte parole de la Coalition vélo de Montréal, chroniqueur à CIBL à l'émission les oranges pressées et membre du CA de Vélo Québec
Sunday August 2nd at 7:15pm
En présence de Zvi Leve, chercheur et consultant en matière de transport et de développement urbain, co-président RuePublique et porte-parole CVMBC
Monday August 3rd at 7:15pm
En présence de Nathalie Valois, agente - conseillère en sécurité routière au Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) et responsable du dossier sécurité à vélo au SPVM
Tuesday August 4th at 7:15pm
En présence de Félix Gravel, Responsable campagnes transport, GES et aménagement du territoire pour le Conseil Régional de l'Environnement de Montréal (CRE Montréal)
Wednesday August 5th at 7:15pm
En présence de Marianne Giguère, conseillère d'arrondissement au Plateau-Mont-Royal, critique de l'opposition officielle en matière de vélo, vice-présidente à la commission des transports de la Ville de Montréal.
Thursday August 6th at 7:15pm
En présence M. Aref Salem, élu du district de Norman-McLaren à Saint-Laurent, conseiller de la Ville de Montréal, membre du comité exécutif et responsable du transport dans la métropole
A few numbers regarding the measure of carbon emissions per person for a distance of 100km