Beauty and the Bike

This article was published in 2018, in Newsletter 136.

6 February 2018

Join us for a special edition of our monthly meeting on Tuesday 6 February 2018, a screening of the award-winning documentary ‘Beauty and the Bike’ as part of the Films for our Future festival.

Organised by Transition Cambridge, Films for our Future is a season of inspirational films and discussions hosted by sustainability and environmental groups from Cambridge and nearby villages. There will be opportunities for film-goers to share their thoughts and feelings about the film afterwards, and find out what they can do to be a part of a groundswell of hope and action towards creating a better future.

‘Beauty and the Bike’ explores why girls in cycling-friendly countries continue to cycle into adulthood, whilst in many other countries they tend to give up during their teenage years.

The film follows two groups of young women over a period of a year. One is from the Cycling Demonstration town of Darlington, England, where nearly all teenage girls have stopped using a bicycle. The other is from Bremen, Germany, where cycling is the transport mode of choice for most teenagers. Over the course of the year, each group visits the other to discover just why their habits – and attitudes towards cycling – are so different.

What they find is a searing indictment of UK transport policy in the 21st century. To attract people to cycling, politicians need to make it attractive, rather than some kind of military expedition. With so much energy being spent looking for technological solutions, why are politicians so reluctant to do the obvious – build attractive cycling infrastructure?

The film concludes with the English girls expressing a new understanding of the political implications of their new-found love of cycling – the car needs to be tamed in our cities and towns, and space re-allocated to sustainable forms of transport.

The meeting is open to all and will be free to attend, but we welcome donations to help cover the additional costs of the event and to support our campaigning work for a better cycling future. Please invite your friends and family to join us.

  • Beauty and the Bike
  • Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane
  • Arrive at 7.30pm for tea and coffee. Film starts at 8pm sharp
  • Followed by the regular Camcycle monthly meeting and an opportunity to discuss the film
  • After the meeting discussion will continue at the Maypole pub
  • Find out more about the Films for our Future Festival at: www.transitioncambridge.org/wiki/FilmsForOurFuture

Roxanne De Beaux