Why We Cycle

Gertjan Hulster, Arne Gielen, Marco te Brömmelstroet and Jeroen Dirks/2017/57 min/Transportation

FILM DESCRIPTION: There are more bicycles than people in the Netherlands, but the Dutch don’t seem to notice what a special bike culture they have. Going beyond the obvious health and economic benefits of cycling, “Why We Cycle” explores the egalitarian nature of cycling, as well as its less-obvious effects on a city’s planning and development, its residents, and society as a whole.

Saturday, March 2, 1 to 3:30 p.m. [W Suburbs]
Oak Park Public Library, Veterans Room, 834 Lake St., Oak Park

Bring your bike and helmet for a post-event group ride! After the film, participate in Q&A, and learn about concrete action opportunities with Jon Lind of JC Lind Bicycles, Amy Little of Working Bikes (who will bring a cool bike machine), and Brian Crawford and Jenna Holzberg of Bike Walk Oak Park. Facilitator: Ron Burke or Maggie Melin, Active Transportation Alliance. To conclude the event, join in an easy, optional 2-3 mile group ride -- led by Jon Lind of JC Lind Bicycles -- through Oak Park's Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District, ending with a snack and beverage meetup at Wild Onion Tied House in downtown Oak Park.

Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue.

Saturday, March 9, 7 to 9:30 p.m. [Central]
Patagonia Chicago, 48 E. Walton St., Chicago
OEFF After Hours Event

Admission $20, includes reception from 7 p.m.
Film begins at 7:30 p.m.

Directors  Arne Gielen  and  Gertjan Hulster.

Directors Arne Gielen and Gertjan Hulster.

Sip New Belgium beer and enjoy local bites as you connect with local cycling and active transit partners. Join us for an after party at Timothy O'Tooles with FREE New Belgium beer.

***3/8 Update: Due to predicted inclement weather, we are cancelling the scheduled group ride from Logan Square Monument to the Patagonia store screening. If the weather forecast improves, we encourage audiences to bike to the screening on your own, and please be sure to ride safely. ***

Come to Patagonia’s Magnificent Mile Store for a One Earth Film Festival screening and discussion of “Why We Cycle.” The screening kicks off with a reception featuring a Mediterranean (vegetarian/vegan friendly) hors d'oeuvres buffet, New Belgium beer, and wine.

Then kick back and enjoy the film -- an exploration of the cycling culture of The Netherlands -- and a Q&A with directors Gertjan Hulster and Arne Gielen, who are travelling from The Netherlands to share their story and answer your questions.

Facilitator: Seamus Ford, Root Riot Urban Garden Network and Longtime Bicycle Commuter and Advocate. Also engage with hands-on action and project ideas through: Jon Lind, JC Lind Bicycles; Devon Snyder, Working Bikes (who’ll be bringing a cool bike machine); and Ben Tolles and Jeff Stubler, Active Transportation Alliance.

It doesn’t end there! Meet up for an after party at Timothy O’Tooles featuring free Fat Tire drafts and Dayblazer cans, courtesy of New Belgium Brewing. The after party begins at 10 p.m. at Timothy O’Tooles, 622 N Fairbanks Ct. in Chicago.