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You Never Bike Alone DVD


By edg - Posted on 12 June 2009

You Never Bike Alone DVD

EdinburghGuide.com has acquired a number of DVDs of the feature-length urban cycling documentary You Never Bike Alone.

The £10 price includes free delivery. These imported DVDs are NTSC (the North American television format), Region 0 meaning they will play on computers, projectors, and other devices, but not on UK television sets.

You Never Bike Alone is an 82-minute documentary looking at how cyclists are building Critical Mass in Canada's third largest city Vancouver. The film, which screened at the Bicycle Film Festival, tells the story of how a social movement grows and the people behind it.

"A compelling and intelligent film" Vancouver Courier

“...a lovely piece of agitprop. It isn't didactic, nor
proselytizing, but blunt and straightforward. The people interviewed
seem so sane, so reasonable and so utterly practical that I wanted to
ride off in the sunset with all of them.”

The Tyee, Vancouver

"...captures is the exhilarating
feeling of riding your bike with several hundred other cyclists on city
streets."

Vancouver Sun

“I laughed, I cried. I felt stronger and more optimistic about our chances after watching You Never Bike Alone.”

Carbusters Magazine

"a very good indy doc on Critical mass...Thumbs up!" Casket Cinema

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About the film

The cycling phenomenon known as Critical Mass is a reclamation of
public space that started in San Francisco in the early 1990s and
spread by the internet throughout the world. On a set day, at the end
of every month, cyclists and other self-propelled people ride en masse through city streets.

Vancouver has become renowned for its big Critical Mass bike rides,
and particularly the party spirit that attracts all types of cyclists.

You Never Bike Alone charts the development of these mass rides in
Vancouver over the last decade, from the (pre-Critical Mass) protest
rides across the historic Lions Gate Bridge in the early to
mid-Nineties, through the "No Fun City" years of the late 1990s and
early 2000s, where cyclists were routinely arrested for riding
together, up to giant Critical Mass rides of more recent years.

Along the way, You Never Bike Alone strips down for the Wholesome
Undie (an underwear ride protesting the Molson Indy race) and throws
caution to the wind for the World Naked Bike Ride, a ride founded in
Vancouver by a Critical Mass regular.

YNBA catches up with the local "freak" bike collective (who make art
bikes from recycled machines) and looks at how cyclists are sharing the
"velo love" through buildathons, street theatre, and rides.

Drawing on footage shot over a decade, it asks whether cycle
activists are succeeding in their goals. Through interviews with
motorists "stuck in traffic," cyclists of all backgrounds, and local
politicians, some of whom ride on the Mass themselves, it asks whether Critical Mass and similarly styled rides are winning hearts and minds.