For what it’s worth, both the Wellington and Auckland Councils, as well as the national 2WalkAndCycle Conference invited Modacity to provide a keynote talk around Vancouver’s recent emergence as a cycling city, and what that means for car-lite, multi-modal families such as our own. They were genuinely interested to learn more about the delivery of six protected bike lanes over six years, and how that political boldness resulted in a significant change to our bike culture, with more women, children, seniors, businesses, pets, and cargo on bikes.
We tied it all up into a hour-long presentation, including a selection of Cycle Chic Films (Simon, Cecily, Amy and Josh), which can be viewed in its entirety here.
MODACITY, Vancouver Chris and Melissa Bruntlett will present a fresh perspective on cycling, as the central voice of Vancouver’s emerging citizen cycling movement. Their family’s mobility is facilitated by a city that has done better than most in North America to provide bicycle infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities.
Their presentation will include a selection of the Vancouver Cycle Chic films – produced by Chris – which intimately profile a number of Vancouverites who cycle for transportation; demonstrating that riding a bike is a way to be “a part of the city, not apart from the city.”
The response we received was phenomenal (the last talk attracted an audience of over 350 Aucklanders!), as cities across New Zealand now attempt to emulate Vancouver’s successes.
Anyway, hopefully a bit of perspective and inspiration as politicians continue to attempt cheap, anti-bike lane rhetoric. The benefits of bike infrastructure stretch far beyond dollars and cents.