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Community Movie Night – ‘Streetfilms: Bikes and Open Streets’ by Transition Town Mount Hawthorn Oct 12th 2016

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Community Movie Night – ‘Streetfilms: Bikes and Open Streets’ by Transition Town Mount Hawthorn
Notes:
– The event was held at Foyer Oxford which itself does a lot of great and interesting things which I will look into later.
– City of Vincent’s Mayor John Carey had a chat with us after the movies and got us very inspired. What they’ve been doing is: how streets are shaped determine our lives. Educational programs, bike hire programs, triples investment in trees, 40 speed zone trial, write to Perth voice and demand change, push the boundaries, don’t do a study of consequences do a trial.
– Half way through we took a break to talk about why and how much we cycle and what were the obstacles or what would get more people cycling.
– I’ll just copy and paste the write up from the facebook event below as I want to get the videos in first.

1. Bicycle Anecdotes from Amsterdam

2. Cargo Bikes in Copenhagen

3. Cambridge: Britain’s Cycling Capital

4. Vancouver’s Breathtaking Network of Safe, Protected Bike Lanes

5. Bikes are Freedom: Inspiration from the Experts

Second Half – The Global Open Streets Movement (33min)
6. Ciclovia: Bogota, Colombia

7. The Rise of Open Streets

8. “The Better Block” Celebrates Four Years of Re-imagining Streets

9. The Metamophosis of NYC Street

10. Playstreets (1968)
(Can’t find it but basically lots of kids playing around and enjoying the open streets way way way back in the day.)

 

 

Be prepared to be truly INSPIRED by these AMAZING short films by Streetfilms – the go-to organization for educational films about sustainable transportation, car-free streets, traffic calming and much more.
We will be showing the following STREETFILMS at 630pm on Wednesday 12 October 2016 at Foyer Oxford, 196 Oxford Street, Leederville.
First Half – Bike Initiatives Around the World (33min)
1. Bicycle Anecdotes from Amsterdam
2. Cargo Bikes in Copenhagen
3. Cambridge: Britain’s Cycling Capital
4. Vancouver’s Breathtaking Network of Safe, Protected Bike Lanes
5. Bikes are Freedom: Inspiration from the Experts
Second Half – The Global Open Streets Movement (33min)
6. Ciclovia: Bogota, Colombia
7. The Rise of Open Streets
8. “The Better Block” Celebrates Four Years of Re-imagining Streets
9. The Metamophosis of NYC Street
10. Playstreets (1968)

“All of you are great human beings who are planting seeds all over to make a better world, where people are happier and we have healthier communities. Thanks for your enthusiastic and most creative work.”-Gil Peñalosa (former Parks Commissioner Bogota, Colombia)Executive Director, Walk & Bike For LifeOntario, Canada
” Showing the [Ciclovia] Streetfilm to our Mayor was the next best thing to flying him to Bogota to witness the joys of Ciclovia firsthand. The success of San Francisco’s Sunday Streets owes a great debt to Streetfilms’ pioneering work.” – Leah Shahum (Executive Director, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition)
Event Details
Doors open at 630pm. Films start at 7pm.
Running time approx 88 minutes (including breaks in between films).
Bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks.
Gold coin donations welcome (for cost of future screenings).
We look forward to seeing you there :)

For more information about Transition Town Mount Hawthorn go to: www.ttmthawthorn.org
For more information about Foyer Oxford go to: www.foyeroxford.org.au/

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Bicycle – The Film … thanks Everyday Cycling

Bicycle – The Film … thanks Everyday Cycling

”Bicycle” an 86 minute documentary, asks the question why is cycling and the bicycle back in fashion? The film, which is directed by BAFTA winning director and keen cyclist Michael B.Clifford tells the story of cycling in the land that invented the modern bicycle, it’s birth, decline and re birth from Victorian origins to today. The film weaves bicycle design, sport and transport through the retelling of some iconic stories and features interviews with notable contributors Sir Dave Brailsford, Gary Fisher, Chris Boardman, Ned Boulting, Sir Chris Hoy, Tracy Moseley, Mike Burrows and many more plus great archive, animation and music. “Bicycle” is a humorous, lyrical and warm reflection on the bicycle and cycling and its place in the British national psyche.

Click to watch on Amazon Video

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Paris Velo Liberte

Paris Velo Liberte

Paris’ ambitious public-private Vélib’ bike initiative encourages residents to forgo cars for bikes and public transportation. In the process, the program has fostered a unique popular culture, complete with its own language, jokes and pick-up lines. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe has undoubtedly taken heart: Its success has inspired cities like Rome, San Francisco and London to begin adopting similar programs of their own.

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Millionaire entrepreneur explains why cycling (and not golf) is the new sport of choice for young professionals

You won’t find serial entrepreneur Max Levchin on the links anytime soon.

Every week it seems like there’s a new story with the headline “Cycling Is The New Golf.”

While golf “still commands the highest portion of participants with household incomes above $US100,000 among popular sports,” according to Reuters, its popularity is waning, and thenumber of courses has been on the decline in the U.S. the past eight years.

The Economist says “golf’s appeal has become its undoing. Its meditative quality does not suit the frenetic pace of modern life.”

Many articles point to cycling as — yes — the new golf.

(That Tiger Woods is playing worse than ever before, and is now taking a break from golf, does not help.)

So when I recently profiled Max Levchin — who cofounded PayPal, sold Slide to Google for $US228 million, sits on the boards of Yahoo and Yelp, and is now busy leading Affirm and Glow— I asked him if he actually thought cycling was the new golf.

Here is what Levchin, a hardcore cyclist, told me [emphasis mine]:

In Silicon Valley — and the East Coast as well now — there are lots of successful companies with younger executives. The sport of choice where deals are made and ideas are thrown around and relationships are forged is definitely traditionally golf. That’s where you don’t have to sweat — you just walk around with people you like, and occasionally pretend like you’re doing something physical […] but it’s not very quantified. It’s just kind of aim, hit the ball, and pray. I’m sure the skills involved eventually remove the prayer necessity, buy it’s pretty open-ended.

So you have this current generation of young executives, and they’re not particularly interested in walking around slowly. They want to do something physical, especially outdoors. They are very quantified, because that’s definitely a thing now: It’s not so much fitness as they are interested in fitness that they can measure. So the blooming of the Fitbits and Misfits the Jawbones of the world is all about people saying, ‘I don’t have to go to the gym, feel crappy for an hour, and be thankful that it’s over.’ You can actually see what you’ve done. The quantified-self stuff has perforated the popular conscience.

Numbers from the National Golf Federation bear out Levchin’s analysis. Golf is becoming less popular overall every year, according to the NGF:

Meanwhile, according to USA Cycling, the number of people taking out a cycling licence from 2002 to 2013 increased a whopping 76%:

But it’s not just about quantifying workouts. There’s the bling factor, too, says Levchin:

There’s also the combination of quantified and social, and — for better or worse — the showing off of the equipment, which for cyclists is basically road jewelry. For golfers, it’s about having clubs of some special alloy or whatever craziness. It’s definitely very out of fashion to have an amazing house to show off, at least I feel that. The real-estate showiness is fading, and showing off your fitness and your fitness equipment is increasing.

Sure, cycling is expensive. You can easily spend 20 grand on a bike and full set of kit, but it’s easier for me to justify than spending 20 grand on a set of golf clubs I’ll never use.

And speaking of $US20,000 bikes, here’s our marked-up picture of Levchin’s road bike, a limited-edition Cervélo Rca, which we figure costs at least 20 grand (more photos here):

So if you’re seeing fewer and fewer young entrepreneurs and executives out on the links, it could be because they’re out on the road.

It would appear that golf has run its green course, at least for young professionals.
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Why we shouldn’t register bikes #carsandbikes

Bicycle registration… that old chestnut! Whether you’re a cyclist or a motorist, check out this video – you’ll soon see what an exercise in futility registering bicycles is. Really hoping this video helps create a solid cycling culture here in Perth [+ elsewhere!] to foster harmony + save lives by blowing this ‘bikes must be registered’ myth out of the water, as it is the basis for much division + dispute. Feel free to share the video [use#carsandbikes ] + join in the conversation here on Facebook. This is first of a few videos I am creating on this topic, so ‘like’ my page to stay in touch, cheers!

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