Dutch director Jord den Hollander compares traditional bicycle cities with each other. In a flow of synchronized shots, cyclists are followed on their tour through the city. How are the cities experienced at the pace and the point of view of a cyclist. Cycling Cities is not another activists cry to point out what measures should be taken to make cities more bicycle-friendly. It is a poetic cry for a different mindset, a love story with a constant cycle.
During this project, they have filmed in 8 cities since Amsterdam, Beijing, Budapest, Milan, Havana, Mexico City, Taipei and Tirana.
When shown for the first time at the 2014 Beijing Design Week the film found an enthusiastic welcome and was praised by its simple, strong and effective underlying message. Also 6 cities were showed side by side at the 2015 Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam
and in 2016 - in the Domus Gallery in Milan during the Biennale
In January this year the Cycling Cities project was used as a proclamation for cycling in Tirana and shown for the City Council. As a result, the Mayor promised to build 10 K of new bicycle lanes. The team never expected this side effect: the project grew from a conceptual idea to an activist statement about the use of bicycles in cities that are still dominated by cars.
During the International Velo City
event in June the film with all different cities will be screened.