Mobycon presents: “Why We Cycle”- May 10, 2018 at Happy Goat in Hintonburg

Virtually everyone cycles in the Netherlands is the impressions we have in North America. But why? We'll soon find out.
Virtually everyone cycles in the Netherlands is the impressions we have in North America. But why? We'll soon find out

Mobycon presents: “Why we Cycle”

Last year, filmmakers Gertjan Hulster (1972) and Arne Gielen (1978) put together a wonderful movie about cycling in the Netherlands. The filmmakers take us on a one hour tour through Dutch cities and the countryside, while interviewing a number of academics and regular citizens asking them why the Dutch cycle. Ottawa based Mobycon presents the movie on May 10, 2018

Tulip season is a beautiful time to explore the area south of Amsterdam and north of Leiden
Tulip season in April is a beautiful time to explore the area south of Amsterdam and north of Leiden

Cycling leads to happiness

The movie “Why we Cycle” paints a picture of Dutch cycling culture. We learn that cycling leads to happiness, independence, health, keeping up cognitive functions and creativity and a state of readiness.

A pedal assist tandem tricycle is very uncommon, but does exists in the Netherlands, often to bring people out otherwise can not cycle
A pedal assist tandem tricycle is very uncommon, but does exist in the Netherlands, often to bring people out who otherwise can not cycle

Because cyclists are open to their surroundings and other cyclists, city life tends to be more open and traffic rules are less strict. Trust among people grows as they cycle. Cycling also leads to happy children whose parents are comfortable giving them the freedom to go wherever they want to go. Safe infrastructure allows parents to feel comfortable to let their children go explore on their own on their bicycles.

It’s so nice to have a connection with someone. That’s what this mode of transport allows. Isn’t that great? Cycling makes it easier to interact with people, you meet others. My children are very sociable, they are constantly waving to people…

Kawtar (43:00 in the movie)

People of all ages

We will see people from all ages in “Why we Cycle”. We see children on their first little rides on their own, we see adolescents going to school, we meet people riding their bikes to work – and as part of their work – and we see seniors cycling to stay healthy. We see them in all kind of areas, in several cities around the country, during the day and at night and even in a dusting of snow.

People of all ages feel comfortable taking the bike somewhere
People of all ages feel comfortable taking the bike somewhere

The bigger question

When talking to people in the Netherlands, they come up with many different reasons why cycling is as important as it is. The movie shows many different angles why cycling has remained so popular in the Netherlands. In the end it leads to a general conclusion. Talking about why we cycle means we are dealing with a bigger question: What kind of society do we want to be?

An existing streetscape with a 30 kph speed limit
An existing streetscape in Sassenheim with a 30 kph speed limit

Panel

Not only does Mobycon show the one hour movie, there will also be a panel with Bike Ottawa’s own Heather Shearer, Councillor Jeff Leiper, Mobycon’s Urban Planner Lennart Nout and others (to confirm).

 

Preview

Why We Cycle – Trailer from Taskovski Films on Vimeo.

Why We Cycle
May 10, 2018
Doors open: 7:00 pm
Start: shortly after 7:00 pm until around 9:30 pm
Happy Goat Coffee Co
35 Rue Laurel Street, Hintonburg, Ottawa

Register

Note: There are only about 75 spaces available so register soon. Entrance is free but reserve your tickets here. It’s free, but we need to keep a count: Register now.

 

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