Why the VS in the title? Why highlight the conflict?

Aline Cavalcante says in the trailer: This is not a war, this is a city. We have to live together in peace.

spgb.jpgTraveling the world meeting bike activists, I know that she represents this movement well. This is not an anti-car movement, or even worse, a movement that hates people who drive cars. Bike activists ask for safety, separated bike lanes, better crossings, respect in traffic. It's all about city planning that cares about more than cars.

To me BIKES vs CARS is a David and Goliath theme. Where the bicycle is the David. Not only in the daily, uneven fight for space in traffic. For me it's quite clear now that the car model is no longer working. And the people who suffer most are the ones inside the cars. Gridlocks create frustrations and aggressions, not talking about all the extra costs of just sitting inside your car wasting fuel and time.

In a time where we all worry about climate change, I often wonder why the information we have doesn't make us change our habits. To me it's clear. There are forces who invest billion after billion to preserve the Status Quo. The car industry needs to sell cars, the construction industry needs to build more highways, tunnels, shopping malls, the oil industry likes the price for crude to be high so they can drill on Greenland or 6000 meters below the sea outside Brazil. If more cities did like Copenhagen or Amsterdam where 40 per cent commute on bike, it would have a direct climate effect. But it would also mean bad business for the ones thriving on the car model.

The VS in the title is there to make us talk about the power relations. We will always have cars, and yes I love to drive. But I hate gridlocks. I also hate the way we treat our planet. I believe we must and can change. With pleasure.

-Fredrik

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