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I saved it in my netflix queue
Hopefully Netflix will purchase the title

Watched the trailer; got peeved at that tw*twaffle Rob Ford. "My heart bleeds for them when they die, but it's their own fault." That guy is a stain on the planet.

Read this take on the film. It will provoke reactions: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/28/why-bikes-can-never-replace-cars.html?via=desktop&source=email

Agreed that bikes will never replace cars, nor would I want them to. I need days like Tuesday, when I drove to work downtown, to remind me of how great it is that I can bike instead.

Looking forward to seeing it when it comes out on netflix. I hope it addresses how important additional multimodal transit like trains and buses are in smart urban planning as well though. Also addresses how republicans are also responsible for the ongoing subsizidation for driving and parking, contradictory to their core values.

It was shown at the environmental film fest earlier this year. It has lots of cool content, but was a little scattered for my taste. I also didn't like framing the issue as bikes-versus-cars; the documentary covers enough ground to show that the issues are bigger than that. Still worth a look.

Someday I hope someone does a documentary called People Versus Cars.

I think the trailer tells me about all I need to know. The social problem is our near-total commitment to the automobile and the mess this has made of (sub)urban life, worldwide, not some reciprocal lack of bicycles. Cycling, much as I love it and would like to see its prevalence increase, is a niche solution and it is hipster solipsism to wonder why everyone can't or won't ride around as I do. ...of course at 59, I'm more of a solipsistic late-boomer.

I suppose it's a niche solution, if "niche" could be considered a potential 5% to 11% improvement in emissions, as calculated in a recent Guardian article. Admittedly, they are talking about Europe and are not accounting for the vast driving distances possible in the U.S., which do make cycling more difficult as a transportation mode for many.

?Overall, the ECF study calculated that if all the EU’s nations achieved Danish levels of cycling this alone would account for between 5% and 11% of the emissions reductions needed to reach the EU’s official 2020 emissions targets, and would be between 57% and 125% of the reduction needed in transport emissions."


I don't "get" the many variants of the claim that bicycles are a "niche solution."

While a car is pretty much a stand-alone solution to transportation, pretty much everything else isn't. Everything else--biking, walking, bus, rail, skateboard--works together and it all would work better if all those damn cars weren't taking up so much space. For example, I use Capital Bikeshare most often on days when I am also using bus or rail.

I find it easy to imagine a world where cars are no longer dominant, but hard to imagine such a world without a lot of bike lanes. I suspect that people who let go of their cars generally open up to other possibilities for getting from A to B.

The niche for cycling may be big in places like Denmark because of flat topography, mild climate, high petrol prices, a stoical population, etc.. We can expand it here with infrastructure improvements. However, what really determines whether people will cycle for transport is the relative cost, and unpleasantness, i.e., utility, of the alternatives. I may be unduly cynical, but even at it's optimum, I believe cycling will be the choice of a relatively hardy, distinctly urban, faintly nonconformist, minority, i.e., a niche.

Mostly agree with S-B, though with a refinement that the next generation will not segregate themselves by mode. Sometimes, they'll be Uber-ers, sometimes cyclists, sometimes train riders sometimes car sharers, and most families will likely keep one owned car in their stables.

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