Streetfilm: Ladies’ Repair Night

Here’s a great documentary-style Streetfilm about the Recycle-a-Bicycle program from Elizabeth Press, who writes:

Recycle-A-Bicycle takes donated bicycles, repairs them and reintroduces them to the community through earn-a-bike programs in schools and sales from their non-profit retail locations. Although their work mainly focuses on environmental education and job training programs for New York City youth, they also host repair classes for people of all ages. Every Tuesday evening after the shop closes, Susan Lindell teaches bike mechanics 101 to women.

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Brooklyn’s Kimberly White is just finishing her freshman year of college, and she took some time away from studying for exams and writing papers to star in the second installment of Streetfilms’ “My NYC Biking Story” series. Kimberly loves riding her red folding bike in Prospect Park, and she’s also got the skills to fix […]

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Clarence Eckerson rounds out Streetfilms’ series on Boulder, Colorado with this long-form opus. Boulder was recently awarded a rare platinum rating from the League of American Bicyclists, and here we get a flavor for the city’s bike network and the story behind it. I like this telling detail: When it snows, Boulder’s bike paths get […]

Happy Birthday, Vélib

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Streetfilms’ Clarence Eckerson has been spending a lot of time in Portland learning about the politics, planning, engineering and culture behind that city’s phenomenal bike network. Working closely with Greg Raisman from Portland’s Dept. of Transportation Clarence produced a half hour documentary called "A Celebration of Portland Transportation." On Saturday, the film was shown on the big screen at Portland’s Bagdad […]

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