Here at Abley Transportation Consultants we hold regular social events. Last Friday we converted our meeting room to a movie theatre and served popcorn, chips and drinks to staff and their families. The movie, ‘Bikes vs Cars’ is a film that recently featured at the architectural film festival on a subject that is very close to our hearts. Here is a synopsis:
'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 explores both the struggle for bicyclists in a society dominated by cars and the revolutionary changes that could take place if more cities moved away from car-centric models. The film follows individuals around the world who are fighting to create change. Personal, educational, and confronting, viewers get a glimpse into the realities of city streets around the globe. We hear of the environmental decay, and the excessive rise of car use in cities, whose transport systems are already bursting. We also hear of loss of life, where the frequency of cyclists’ deaths is frightening and alarming. When the people of Sao Paulo spend up to three hours a day in traffic, and citizens of Los Angeles are paralysed by gridlock, the picture becomes clear. Freedom and civic pride are overshadowed by chaos. The vivid absurdity of trying to cram more and more cars into the same crawling, dystopian channels makes the case for sustainability without even trying.'