ASPHALT – JUMBO, THE FASTEST CAT IN TOWN!

Summary

Ever wonder how Urban Cyclists view the Alley Cat Racing Scene? How would a ChainLinker Forum member feel about the message Alley Cat racing sends to the Urban Cycling community in general? Do Urban Cyclists feel that Alley Cat racing is inconsistent with their message of “safety” for cyclists? Check out this ChainLink thread:

Premium Rush
Posted by pistola on August 2, 2012 at 3:39pm

Did anyone else see the previews for the new bike messenger being chased by bad cops movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt?

http://gawker.com/5840990/premium-rush-bike-messengers-are-people-too

Looks awesome, though the review is less than glowing.

Here is one man’s response:

Reply by Adam “Cezar” Jenkins on August 2, 2012 at 10:55pm
I hope it is to cycling as the movie Hackers was to computer hacking.

Does this bode well for the future of “safe cycling“? Is this what having increased bicycle infrastructure is really all about?

Why bother with adding bicycle infrastructure if the future of cycling involves ignoring the use of those newly created lanes and the safety that their use implies?

Another wrote:

Reply by Anne Alt 2-10 16 hours ago
Thought it was a FUN movie. If you want to see a movie with action, intrigue and lots of bikes, allow yourself a bit of escapism and just enjoy.

When Vin Diesel makes a movie that assumption is that he is creating a world in which “outlaw behavior” is suddenly the norm. No one expects to actually see this kind of daredevil stunting on Milwaukee Avenue every Friday night. If that sort of thing were “real” the traffic cops would indeed have their hands full.

When teenagers get drunk and try to emulate the “big air” scenes quite often their cars are found wrapped around tree boles in rural areas with their occupants lying dead or dying in the aftermath.

The big difference between Vin Diesel movies which are “true escapism” and Alley Cat racing or riding techniques is that these are not merely examples of “stunt riding” but are documentary glimpses into how Urban Cyclists often behave on a regular basis.

It is difficult to take the Urban Cycling community’s outrage over automobile-vs-bicycle collisions seriously when we know about the excesses exhibited on a regular basis and we say nothing or secretly envy those involved.

This exchange is quite telling:

Reply by Douglas Iverson 18 hours ago
Who saw this movie? What do you think about a bicycle messanger in Manhattan riding a fixie with no brakes?

Reply by Kevin C 4.1 mi 18 hours ago
I think it’s ubiquitous.

Douglas Iverson said:
Who saw this movie? What do you think about a bicycle messanger in Manhattan riding a fixie with no brakes?

When I read this sort of thing I am reminded of folks in our urban areas who march because they feel that violence in the inner-cities is seldom taken seriously by the police and they want that changed. And yet we know that the recent deaths of our youth on Chicago’s “mean streets” were met with a “wall of silence” from the community. It seems that it takes money and lots of it for people to decide to come forward and “do the right thing“.

It makes the meaning of the marches seem hollow by comparison. Is that the kind of message Urban Cyclists are sending as well. Are we really that callous? Do we really not understand the relationship between our actions and their consequences? It takes more than a Lifetime Achievement Award to earn the right to be taken seriously.

Uploaded on May 6, 2010
Work of Director René Sascha Johannsen 2009
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A portrait of Jimmie “Jumbo” -a Bike messenger from Copenhagen Denmark. He knows the city streets better and is faster than any other cat in town…

Featuring:
Jimmie “Jumbo” Bargiesen

Score by:
Black Sabbath
Boom Bip
The Black Keys

Post Sound:
Kim G. Hansen

Produced by
Rune Geertsen

(Directed shot and cut by René Johannsen)

ASPHALT – ILIR HASANI IS “THE BROKEN MAN”

Uploaded on May 7, 2010
Work of Director René Sascha Johannsen 2009
New episodes from NYC coming soon. To stay in the loop join: http://www.facebook.com/groups/127653107278156/

The every day circle gets too tight for this man and he decides to break it…

Featuring:
Illir Hasani

Voice over by:
Esben Pretzmann

Score by:
Boom Bip
Dave Brubeck

Post Sound by :
Kim G Hansen

(Directed shot and cut by René Johannsen)