Motor Mania

For the pleasure, an old cartoon from Disney studios. Goofy stars as a Jekyll and Hyde character, Mr. Walker/Mr. Wheeler. When he’s a pedestrian he’s mild-mannered and rational; when he’s a driver he’s mad and bad. Enjoy and don’t forget to have a look at our You Tube channel.

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Pedal Power: Documentary on Bike Culture

Igor Kenk's former bike shop in Toronto © Christopher Dew/Cogent/Benger Productions

Igor Kenk's former bike shop in Toronto © Christopher Dew/Cogent/Benger Productions

The bicycle, a humble nineteenth century invention, is challenging the fossil-fuel automobile as the conveyance of the future. It’s the ideal city machine, light, portable, and cheap. Non-polluting. Good exercise too. Urban dwellers around the world are turning to bikes as the car turns them off. But with bicycles coming of age as a serious mode of transportation there are a few problems. Bicycles and automobiles have to share the same roads, a recipe for conflict, and many potential cyclists just won’t ride in the city because they see it as too dangerous. Add in the plague of bike theft and a lot of cyclists are simply leaving their bikes at home.

The film wraps around the story of Igor Kenk, a man variously described as the Greatest Bike Thief in the World, The Fagin of Queen Street, or the cyclists’ Robin Hood. His well-publicized bust in Toronto pushed bike theft onto the front pages of newspapers across the country and around the world. Toronto, meanwhile, is grappling with whether to really embrace bike culture. What does it take to be truly bike-friendly like Amsterdam, Paris, or even New York City? A series of character mini-narratives propel the film through a study of what makes a city “bikeable”.

The film is to be aired on Thursday, September 24 on the CBC (Canadian channel) at 8 pm. It will be available for streaming on the CBC website – see “Doc Zone” page: http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/doczone/2009/pedalpower/

Source: http://www.cogentbenger.com/

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57 Short Films About Bicycles

Fifty-seven microdocumentaries shot of or from bicycles on location in Seattle, Amsterdam, and Prague, including footage from various Critical Mass rides.

Enjoy!

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CO2 Emissions Have Risen by 40 Percent Since 1990

While looking at this cute video made last year by the Environmental Defense Fund, we thought it is worth to remind you about the failure of Kyoto Protocol. According to the German Renewable Energy Industry Institute (IWR), carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose by 1.94 percent in 2008 to 31.5 billion tons.

CO2 emissions rose for the tenth year in succession and have risen by 40 percent since 1990 — the year towards which emissions reductions were to be measured for the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

There is no need to remind you that the huge part of emissions is due to cars and the need to draft a new protocol that would really help to support sustainable transportation in all its dimensions (urban planing, active and strong support for public transportation, biking, walking…). Before that, we can all follow the wise advise of this ideo and ride rather to drive….

You can find more information about IWR report here.

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Brand new Carbusters 39 issue is out now!

What’s the view from your window? Do you like what you see? Do you want to change it?
So now’s about time we change the outlook – of our cities, towns and streets – let this issue be a source of inspiration for you and others: take a walk, spread the word with others on two wheels, or simply take pleasure in the artwork of carfree cartoonists.

So what does new issue offer us? Karl Fjellstrom guides us through Guangzhou, a carfree oasis and a leading model for changing cityscapes in China.
We talk to Chris Carlsson, co-founder of Critical Mass, and get a glimpse into the success of the monthly movement and how it can help alter attitudes.
Someone who clearly recognises the benefits of cycling is Kim Nguyen; his two-wheeled world tour is a source of inspiration for others – helping change the environment we live and the lifestyles we lead. Read an interview with him!
Then we escape the city and take a scenic walk with Tim Woods, who shows us that taking a sustainable step outside of the city is an important move toward preserving and improving public transportation services.

And much more in a new issue of Carbusters 39 “Changing the Outlook”!

Check more on Carbusters website

New Auto*Mat video teaser

Auto*Mat is an organisation and a movie. The movie is about the organisation, which is based in the city of Prague, Czech Republic. It also discusses the love for the automobile and the thinking of people in early 21st century Europe. The organisation is the movie. The two are inseparable. We make the movie, we watch the movie and we live the movie.

Find more about Auto*Mat actions here

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