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Old 10-21-11, 07:21 AM   #1
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Now THIS is what I call Advocacy.

http://vimeo.com/16567383


http://vimeo.com/29228603

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Old 10-21-11, 01:45 PM   #2
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Those were very inspiring videos. The second one reminded me of when my sister-in-law worked as a rafting guide on the Zambezi. She had taken my wife's old bike with her and gave it to one of the porters when she was preparing to leave. She saw him a few weeks later and asked how he was enjoying the bike. He replied that it was too extravagant for him to have a bike, so he traded it for some cattle.
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Those were very inspiring videos. The second one reminded me of when my sister-in-law worked as a rafting guide on the Zambezi. She had taken my wife's old bike with her and gave it to one of the porters when she was preparing to leave. She saw him a few weeks later and asked how he was enjoying the bike. He replied that it was too extravagant for him to have a bike, so he traded it for some cattle.
It's amazing how easily we can forget how these marvelous machines many of us ride are luxury vehicles in much of the world. Greatly coveted and life changing in many cases.
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I think one of the reasons Africa stayed in economic poverty all these decades is because they didn't take advantage of the bicycle like China. After the civil war, China built some of the largest bicycle factories in the world and sold them to the population for practically nothing. When your population can't afford to motorize, human powered transportation must become the economic driver of the country.
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Beautiful stories. Thanks for posting.
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Glad you liked it.

The film was shot by a former student of mine. If you are in NYC this weekend (Sunday at 2 pm) there is a screening of the film in it's entirety at Lincoln Center. I think his camera work is extraordinary and the films are, of course, a subject matter close to my heart. Talented film making for sure.
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I read somewhere that "if you go to sleep in a bad, under a roof, with food in your belly, you are better off than 75% of the rest of the world." Videos like these tend to prove that.

The trouble is, the target audience is very small; most who are aware and care already KNOW; most of the THE REST would sneer and say, "Tough sh**, we got problems here!" So there is a small section of the population that would be moved to action by these. (But, a few is better than none......)

I know a few people who would see that, look at me, and say, "SO GO RIDE YOUR M-F'N BIKE THERE!" And then call me "*******".........
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...I know a few people who would see that, look at me, and say, "SO GO RIDE YOUR M-F'N BIKE THERE!" And then call me "*******".........
I hear you.

But if I listened to 1/1000th of the crap people have said to me about riding a bike I'd never ride anywhere. I'm so glad I didn't pay any heed to the tons of "advice" I've gotten over the years from people who haven't plunked their lazy butts on a bike seat since they were 10 years old.

If they can't wrap their minds around riding a bike in the US I'm sure they can't imagine what kind of difference it could make in some other countries around the world. BTW, my understanding about the full documentary is that it includes the impact of these kinds of utility bicycles in the US as well.



Here's a link to the screening of the film:

http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sal...ival-program-7
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