29 March 2011

New Documentary: The Bicycle City

Public transit sort of fascinates me. It sets the tone of a city. London's Tube, New York's subway and San Francisco's cable cars are a huge part of city culture. Now think of Nicaragua. It's the second poorest country in Latin America with few opportunities for those in lower classes to escape poverty. Now add 20,000 bicycles to the city and you lift people out of poverty. Sound pretty cool? Didn't know public transit could do that? Then check out the new documentary, The Bicycle City.

According to  The Bicycle City site:
Over the past 20 years, more than 20,000 bicycles have been brought into Rivas, a city on Nicaragua's Pacific coast, by the non-profit Pedals for Progress, which collects donated bicycles in the United States and distributes them in impoverished communities worldwide. Since the first was unloaded in Rivas in 1991, the bicycle has become an integral part of daily life.

Told from the vantage points of Julia, the street vendor; Xiomara, the young mother; Joaquin, the entrepreneur; and David, the unlikely philanthropist, The Bicycle City is the story of how an idealistic experiment has helped the war-ravaged city of Rivas find its own path to recovery and normalcy through the introduction of cheap, reliable transportation in the form of the bicycle.
I haven't seen the film yet, but it seems like a must watch for any documentary/bicycle nerds out there. For more info, visit The Bicycle City site, and watch the trailer below.

The Bicycle City. Trailer from Greg Sucharew on Vimeo.

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