Aftermass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland

Aftermass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland

by Joe Biel, Jeff Hayes, Alice Isley and Rev Phil Sano

The world looks to Portland, Oregon as an example of how bicycle culture can blossom out of the ruinous freeways of car-oriented civilization. Aftermass is the first feature documentary to explore the events, people, politics, and social changes that led to Portland becoming the first major bicycle city in the United States.

Aftermass features many of the leaders and major participants behind the growth of bicycling ridership since 1971. The narrative demonstrates the complex dynamic throughout the 1990s between advocacy organizations, politicians, city planners, and the then new, grassroots Critical Mass ride. The film is full of smiling faces on two wheels, but also explores the controversies, setbacks, and bumps along the way, including riots, political roadblocks, and an illegal police spy.

The film provides new and vital insights into Portland's transportation history as well as into paths other cities can follow to healthy planning and a green future.

 
 

Comments

Bloomingrock mon 5/26 5:37pm

Aftermass is a reminder to those of us who value bicycling that the fight is far from over and that we must carry on the work that was started by the brave first adopters of bicycle commuting over two decades ago. Aftermass is a must-see movie for anyone who wants to know more about the Portland bike scene and how Portland became known as “America’s Bicycle Capital.”

Bike Portland fri 5/23 1:24pm

"With candid interviews from key players in Portland’s bike legacy and new reporting on dubious, anti-bike police activities, the film explores what led up to Critical Mass and what has happened since the iconic protest ride has fizzled out."

Elly Blue, author of Bikenomics tue 4/22 5:36pm

This movie will change your whole perspective on the history of the bicycle movement and your own role in the future of it.

Gus Van Sant 9/11/2012

"This film is Great! Please watch it!"