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category dublin | arts and media | news report author Thursday February 25, 2010 16:25author by DCTVauthor email dctv at dctv dot ie Report this post to the editors

Viral Trailer Online Now.

On the 6th March 2010 DCTV is launching its latest TV series - The Pedal Project, consisting of 3 hours of material filmed in Dublin, London and Amsterdam. A fast paced, visually and musically polished piece looking at cycling culture and how to create cycling friendly cities the series will be simultaneously broadcast on television and released on the internet.

From the street level view of ‘One Less Car’, to the Dublin city cycling officer going to Amsterdam and London to see what they’re doing in ‘Three Cycling Cities’ to the thinking that is going into making Dublin a ‘Two Wheeled City’ DCTV’s innovative new series on cycling is must viewing for anybody interested in how our city and transport systems function. It's a chance to see what the targets about cycling and transport mean and what the current thinking is in our local authorities, in our universities and amongst the residents of Dublin.

The small community station based out of The Liberties, revitalised the documentary form to make the series. This is not dumbed down simplistic television but the start of a much needed conversation both within and about the cycling movement, as well as a sharp rebuttal to traditional notions of how TV is made and the priorities of a post-boom Ireland.

"As Dublin has grown wealthier we have become carcooned basing our personal and city transport system on the car" said director Barra Hamilton. "We know this isn’t working – but what is the alternative and how do we get there? That's the question we set out to answer with this documentary. We spent months talking to academics and elected officials, council planners and staff, campaigners and cyclists – and through the production process of TV we've constructed a convincing case and viable plan to recast Dublin as a cyclable city."

"The Pedal Project is an ongoing debate emerging into public view in all its complexity and variety for the first time" said co-director and member of Cultivate Rob Carr. "We are inviting people to contribute to the process. From the reasons we should, and shouldn’t, insist on cycling helmets to how we design our roads to create dedicated spaces for cycling while ensuring ‘permeable’ road systems with a mix of transport forms – The Pedal Project offers a tool for people to use in instigating wide ranging discussion on what we want from our city."

Fashion, politics, health, quality of life all show up as Dublin Community Television brings its own unique style of media making to the issue. The programme will be broadcast and distributed through all media
on the 6th of March with simultaneous Internet, DVD and Cable TV releases. Released under a Creative Commons license the residents of Dublin are invited to make their own copies, organise their own screenings and host sections of this important debate themselves.

This will start on Tuesday 2nd March when a selection of viewers will meet in the DCTV studio to view and discuss the material, the role of community media in supporting these discussions and what needs to be done to make Dublin a Cyclable City.

Caption: Trailer for Pedal Project

author by Conorpublication date Thu Feb 25, 2010 16:57author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Sounds fantabulous!! Cant wait to watch it

author by Pedalerpublication date Thu Feb 25, 2010 23:53author address author phone Report this post to the editors

That looks great, cant wait to see the full piece!

author by Lara Hillpublication date Fri Feb 26, 2010 09:33author address author phone Report this post to the editors

This looks great, looking forward to watching it!

author by DCTVpublication date Fri Feb 26, 2010 15:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

We'll be pumping out ten of these over the next ten days.

Have a look and spread them across your social networks.


author by nora - pbpapublication date Sun Feb 28, 2010 16:39author address author phone Report this post to the editors

this debate is really important. i think its awful that so many on the left are moaning about the 30km speed limit in Dublin city- traffic is way too fast especially for elderly cyclists or cyclists carrying children on their bikes- a red/green dialectic is long overdue as both traditions are stuck in old ways of thinking , i think these types of divisions really weaken the anti-capitalist movement as a whole

author by Sceptic - None whatsoeverpublication date Sun Feb 28, 2010 18:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Rubbish , cycling around Dublin with the erratic traffic is lethal , ban them .

author by Sceptic. - None whatsoeverpublication date Mon Mar 01, 2010 07:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Maybe it will bring in much needed revenue for the government coffers as a result of the go slow rules ,
better than bringing in much needed revenue for the undertakers & in the process making families rue the day they ever
bought or contributed towards a bike ( of any description ) for a loved one . Speed Kills .

author by DCTVpublication date Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:11author address author phone Report this post to the editors

A few more went online today.


author by conorpublication date Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:44author address author phone Report this post to the editors

We dont need cars to go slow in the city centre, we need to ban all vehicles within a certain distance in Dublin city. More bikes, and a better transportation system. We need trams in the city too.

Oh, and has anyone heard the cost of the Dublin bike scheme? Its a sham. Welcome to Corporatocracy

author by seedot - dctvpublication date Mon Mar 08, 2010 21:29author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The full series has now been released on vimeo (for streaming and low res downloads) and piratebay for good quality avi's and a DVD ISO- so you can make your own DVD copy.

Of course the PirateBay versions are not available to any unfortunates who get their (censored) internet from Eircon - even though they are completely legal and were funded by the Irish TV license fee.

Enjoy and let us know what you think


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