“If you had to walk everywhere you’d go in your life, of course you’d be poor. The problem in much of the developing world is a lack of personal mobility. Our belief has always been that if you put enough people on a bicycle, they would go out and help themselves.”
– David Schweidenback, president of Pedals for Progress
The idea behind The Bicycle City documentary is so simple that it works: mobility equals freedom, and the more freedom you have, the more opportunities you can pursue. In the featured small Nicaraguan town (that I’ve visited and can confirm has a growing bike culture), the residents are pedaling away from a war-torn past into a future where the bicycle represents more than just transportation and sport, it represents hope.
Though I have yet to see this documentary, the Latin American-, bicycle-, hope-themed trailer seemed a good fit for this blog—besides the fact that it made me want to coast downhill during a tropical noon with my arms spread wide like wings.
Check out The Bicycle City official site here.