Biking is having a moment. Citi Bike is expanding, Andy Samberg just released his Tour de Pharmacy trailer, and Bicycle Fetish Day is quickly approaching. Which makes it a great time for the Bicycle Film Festival to roll into town. The fest will bring a week of screenings, live performances, exhibitions, and even a new animation program to Anthology Film Archives.
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The Bicycle Film Festival is just what one might expect: a festival devoted to films featuring this beloved form of transport. The fest originated at Anthology Film Archive in 2001, and has since whirred through over 60 cities worldwide; it now returns to its birthplace for its 14th reiteration. This year’s selection will see the beautiful machine appearing in an eclectic array of shorts and features: peddled across southern Africa in Lucas Brunelle Goes to Africa, under the bony (and drug-free) bottoms of the Argos-Shimano team as they wend their way through the 100th Tour de France in Clean Spirit, and wielded by wildly talented (but under-appreciated) women professionals in Half the Road.Hop on your trusty two-wheeled steed and get over here, stat.
Citi Bike just sent out an e-mail sharing its top 10 “2013 highlights.” Among the accomplishments: Citi Bikes make up a third of all bike traffic in the program’s service area, each bike was ridden an average of six times per day over the summer, customer service gets an average of 1,300 calls a day, an average of 625 bikes are repaired each week, and Citi Bike riders took 6,000+ trips during the day of the Polar Vortex.
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The Bicycle Film Festival kicks off tonight with a party at Le Baron in Chinatown and continues through the weekend with dozens of screenings at Anthology Film Archives, an after-party at Lit, and, of course, the annual street party.
Despite speculation that the 13-year-old festival might move to Brooklyn, organizer Brendt Barbur decided to keep it local — for now, anyway. “This is where we were born,” he said of the East Village and Lower East Side.
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