The film screening of Beauty and the Bike was as interesting as I thought it’d be. I am very glad I managed to leave work on time not to miss it, yay!
I am also tempted to get the DVD, as I can see having the opportunity to show it to friends and colleagues to spread the message and inspiration. Bremen seems a great city and definitely one that I noted on my map of ‘places to visit’.
It was sad thought to see and hear, Kate and Lauren came along as well as the film makers, that one year on Darlington Council has not invested in any cycle lanes, even simple painted ones. Only few of the girls, who originally participated, still cycle, the others don’t. This is due to partly lack of infrastructure and partly to peer pressure. It goes to show that it’s people perception, the culture of cycling that has to change. We are a good 40 years behind places like Copenhagen and Amsterdam.
It reminded me also that as much as I moan about Manchester, this city is slowly but surely moving in the right direction, so much so that I, for one, am cycling more and more every day and enjoy every bit of it!
It was good to hear about Darligton Darlovelo, the bike pool, that the girls have started. Also very interesting Lauren, one of the girls, has made a short film on “What happened next”. I highly recommend this too!
Hopefully the cycling community can support these amazing girls and the film-makers who have started something super, but need more support and less narrow-mindness from their own local council.