Documentary: Bikes vs. Cars

I love my work. Friday I had the great pleasure of interviewing Swedish documentary film maker Fredrik Gertten, who is in Japan for the first time. He had an event later in the evening at Waseda University, which is minutes from our office at Consumers Union of Japan. We had a long talk about his previous two films, about banana plantations workers in Nicaragua, who were harmed by a pesticide used by Dole. Fredrik got sued in the process of making his initial documentary, Bananas! so he promptly made another film, Big Boys Gone Bananas, about how Dole tried to stop the first film from being screened in the US at places in LA and Sundance Festival. Fredrik won, by the way.

His new film, just released, is about another powerful industry, the ones that make cars. A billion of them on the roads, as of now. And cities like LA are more congested than ever, with some 70% of the public infrastructure devoted to - cars. Sao Paolo, Brazil, the figure is 60%. And only way to combat that is to take to the streets, on your bicycle.

A very powerful movie by a great guy from my home town, Malmö, Sweden.

I remember we already had proper bike lanes when I was in Junior High, with small traffic lights for bikes... We felt safe and it was great city planning. Copenhagen, Amsterdam and other big cities have also shown that it can be done.

On Sunday, January 31st, the Cycling Embassy of Japan will host the Japanese premiere of Bikes vs Cars at Uplink Factory in Shibuya. There will be two screenings: first, the premiere at 16:00, then again at 18:45. Embassy members Byron Kidd of Tokyo By Bike fame, and journalist Yasuyuki Saito, will be participating in a 30-45 minute, post-screening Q & A along with Fredrik. Tickets will soon be available on Uplink's website.

Order it on Vimeo:


The bicycle, an amazing tool to change the world. Feature doc by Fredrik Gertten. Available worldwide on Vimeo. Hop on your bike & join the community.



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