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Bikes vs Cars (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 4 December 2015 (USA)
Bikes vs Cars is a documentary about the bike and what an amazing tool for change it can be. It highlights a conflict in city planning between bikes, cars and a growing reliance on fossil fuels.


Fredrik Gertten


Fredrik Gertten

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aline Cavalcante Aline Cavalcante ... Herself - Interviewee, São Paulo
Dan Koeppel Dan Koeppel ... Himself - Interviewee, Los Angeles
Raquel Rolnik Raquel Rolnik ... Herself - Interviewee, São Paulo
Joel Ewanick Joel Ewanick ... Himself - Interviewee, Irvine
Ivan Naurholm Ivan Naurholm ... Himself - Interviewee, Copenhagen
Nicolas Habib Nicolas Habib ... Himself - Interviewee, São Paulo
Don Ward Don Ward ... Himself - Interviewee, Los Angeles
Gil Peñalosa Gil Peñalosa ... Himself - Interviewee, São Paulo
Liliana Godoy Liliana Godoy ... Herself - Interviewee, Bogotá
Christina Deckwirth Christina Deckwirth ... Herself - Interviewee, Berlin
Joshua Dysart Joshua Dysart ... Himself - Interviewee, Los Angeles
Denzil Minnan-Wong Denzil Minnan-Wong ... Himself - Interviewee, Toronto
Fabio Mendonça Fabio Mendonça ... Himself - Interviewee, São Paulo
Evelyn Araripe Evelyn Araripe ... Herself - Interviewee, São Paulo
Otto Koeppel Otto Koeppel ... Himself - Dan's Infant Son, Los Angeles


Depicts a global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: climate, earth's resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy traffic chaos. The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. In the film we meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic.

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car | bike | city | traffic | activist | See All (40) »




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English | Portuguese | Spanish

Release Date:

4 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bicicletas vs coches See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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WG Film,SVT,Film i Skåne See more »
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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Synergistic Solution for World Problems
1 August 2015 | by clarkj-565-161336See all my reviews

I saw Bikes vs. Cars last night at the Canadian Premiere at Hot Docs Toronto. We were very fortunate to have the film director Fredrik Gertten at the presentation as well. I am very biased as I love cycling. I think what the film shows us is the huge impact that our lifestyle and car obsession is having on the planet. We get local information from a selection of diverse cities such as São Paulo Brazil, Bogotá Colombia, Los Angeles USA, Toronto Canada, Copenhagen Denmark. In each city, grass roots communities have come together to promote cycling and urban sustainability. We get a particular focus on São Paulo where we see the outcome of a successful campaign to install bike paths on Avenida Paulista. The film is shot in such a way that you actually feel you are on the bike in the middle of traffic. Exhilarating and scary sometimes.

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