23 November 2009

Beauty and the Bike Documentary


Yes, yes, yes. Beauty and the Bike is the much anticipated documentary from, among others, the Darlington Cycling Campaign in the UK and it premieres on December 9th, 2009. Above is an 8 minute teaser/trailer.

The question leading to the making of the film is a simple one:

"Why do British girls stop cycling?"

"By simply asking this basic question, the film reveals the damage that has been done by 50 years of car-centric transport policies. Whilst we fill our lives with debates about risk assessment, cycle helmets, cycle training and marketing strategies to try to persuade people to cycle more, the basic barriers to cycling remain untouched - generous urban planning towards the car, and the resultant poor motorist behaviour towards cyclists. Is it any wonder that most people find cycling unattractive in the UK, but attractive in cycling-friendly towns and cities? It's the infrastructure, stupid!""


The film follows two groups of young women from Darlington and Bremen, Germany. Between them, they discover what makes - and stops - teenage girls from cycling. The full DVD is available from www.bikebeauty.org.

Brilliant stuff. I'm looking forward to seeing the full version. Thanks to Kim for the link.

13 comments:

Mark said...

I watched this trailer through and was so pleased how confidently and 'switched on' the girls portrayed themselves. It's just so nice to see a positive representation of young people for once.

The Darlington cycling project has been a fascinating one, of which this documentary is the most interesting element.

What I like so much is just the plain old logic of it all - these girls know what they need to get on their bikes and, well, now they're asking for it. The ball is in your court Darlington Council! Build those bike lanes! Or, as one of the girls so eloquently put it "If drivers could find it in their hearts just to give us a little bit of their space..."

Looking forward to seeing the whole film when it's released. 10/10

Kim said...

I thought you would like that one Mikael ;-)

Hopefully they will inspire more people to think of cycling as a means of transport which they can use for everyday journeys...

BikeBike said...

Very interesting.

Any idea if the full version will be available at some point for us "non-Uk'rs"?

Kim said...

According to Bike Darlington "the film will be released on DVD at the premiere, with an accompanying book also being launched on the night. Online ordering should be up and running soon."

Kim said...

Update for BikeBike, just found the Beauty and the Bike web site, the DVD will be available for sale from 3rd December for £14 (€15).

miss sarah said...

Cute to see young girls excited about their bike fashions. Is it just me or are they wobbling quite a bit while riding? It's very earnest. Perhaps filming was awkward?

miss sarah said...

Spoke too soon. Wobbles were only in the beginning. Later on everybody is a natural!

Владимир 'vudu' Злоказов said...

Beautiful girls and a very inspiring video! Thank you so much for posting!

Sue 'sans' helmet said...

aaaahhh! - so beautiful - made me feel misty eyed just watching it!! i look forward to getting the dvd and sending it on to our pollies - well done!

tedsfiles said...

Awesome! Very professional work.

Harvey Bikebell said...

I was bored after 2 mins didn't manage to get to the end

wuppidoc said...

You can buy DVD and Book at www.bikebeauty.org and there got to the page
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wuppidoc said...

You can buy the film DVD and accompanying book at our web site:

www.bikebeauty.org