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.

Directors  Arne Gielen  and  Gertjan Hulster .

Directors Arne Gielen and Gertjan Hulster.

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.

Sip New Belgium beer and enjoy local bites as you connect with local cycling and active transit partners.

Before the film: We’ll do an optional 5-mile ride from Logan Square Park 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 details for the bike ride: Meet June from Patagonia at the Logan Square Park Monument (the column) starting at 5 p.m. to sign your waiver. *All riders must have their own helmets and must sign media and safety waivers to participate. Please bring your own bike lock to secure your bike at Patagonia and Timothy O’Tooles. Ride leaves at 6 p.m. Arrive at Patagonia, 48 E. Walton St. in Chicago (bike parking will be available). Screening begins at 7 p.m. Keep the conversation going at the after party beginning at 10 p.m. at Timothy O’Tooles, 622 N Fairbanks Ct. in Chicago.


ADA compliant accessible venue.