Breezy, intelligent, diffuse but uncluttered, Fredrik Gertten’s documentary Bikes vs Cars could be called a tale of congestion-plagued cities. The film, which examines the high cost that urban centers [and] pay for accommodating automobiles, benefits greatly from a range of viewpoints.
Although the film qualifies as an advocacy documentary, director Fredrik Gertten has put in the time to capture how these cities' unique scenarios unfold to mount a compelling case against the powerful automotive, oil and construction lobbies.
Taking a global, historic view, [and] putting the problems of car culture and the possible bike-based solutions to some of those problems into context and perspective, Bikes vs Cars is a welcome development. Now, if only people would climb out of their SUVs and take the time to see this movie, hear its message, and think about what our addiction to cars means, that would be an amazing thing -- and it might even lead to some real and constructive change.
Watching a teacher lead a group of schoolchildren around busy Bogotá on their little bikes, teaching them how to safely navigate their city on their own power, you might feel hopeful for the future of eco-friendly transportation.
A revelatory doc about urban transportation.
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