We Are Traffic! / Return of the Scorcher


These two classic bikeumentaries explore bicycle use and bicycle cultures in China, Europe, and the U.S. and show how bicycling is being taken up by many as a vital and powerful response to various environmental and social problems.

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We-Are-Traffic_Scorcher-smDisc includes both bikeumentaries We Are Traffic! A Movie About Critical Mass and Return of the Scorcher, plus bonus Revisiting Return of the Scorcher and Changing the Mindset: Creating More Livable Cities.

We Are Traffic! chronicles the history and development of the “Critical Mass” bicycle movement, one of the most spirited and dynamic social/political movements of the apathetic 90s. In over 200 cities in 14 different countries, Critical Mass has now become a monthly ritual of reclaiming the streets by bicycle activists riding en masse.

With traffic congestion, pollution, and road rage on the rise, growing numbers around the world are advocating for transportation alternatives, and Critical Mass is at the cutting edge of this mindset.

We Are Traffic! tracks this leaderless, grassroots movement from its beginnings in San Francisco in 1992 to its spread across the globe. With a radical direct-action approach the participants of Critical Mass are celebrating the bicycle and in turn taking on perhaps the century’s most sacred cow: the automobile.
Return of the Scorcher
This half-hour documentary looks at bike culture and bike lifestyles around the world with beautiful and inspiring scenes of bike use filmed in China, The Netherlands, Denmark, and the U.S.
In the 1890s, before automobiles ruled the roads, bicyclists were referred to as “Scorchers” because of their blazing speed. A century later, in a world filled with car-related environmental and social problems, Return of the Scorcher discovers an inspired and evolving bicycling renaissance.
This documentary touches on a surprising variety of subjects including romance, rebellion, early feminism, and spirituality – all viewed within the context of bicycling. Return of the Scorcher questions our obsession with “progress” and status and presents a diverse cross-section of cycling visionaries who see the bicycle as a life-affirming vehicle for change.
Featured interviewees include: Marcia Lowe, Michael Replogle, Iain Boal, Ellen Fletcher, George Bliss and others.
Produced by Ted White
88 mins total
1st Prize EarthVision Environmental Film Fest
Also selected for screening at:
Greendance Film Festival
Golden Film Festival
Brattleboro Environmental Film Festival
Planet in Focus: Toronto Int’l Environmental Film Festival

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Weight 0.32 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.5 in
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  1. staffadmin

    A somewhat obscure film, We Are Traffic, captures the zeitgeist of the Critical Mass movement. If you’re a cyclist, you’ve likely heard of Critical Mass or at least heard rumors, most of which are overly sensationalized. This fifty minute docu showcases the movement’s history and growing pains, through the eyes of some of original riders and organizers. Personally, I’ve always heard negative stereotypes about the ride, but after watching this movie, I feel that many of the stories are just that, stories. The intention of Critical Mass is to bring people together in a public space and be social. Watching the movement grow from several dozens to several thousands of riders was very satisfying. If you ride a bike or have interest in social movements, this is a great watch.

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