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David Chernushenko rolls out new film on urban cycling

OTTAWA – 4 July 2013 – Great cities for cycling are great places for everyone — including drivers. That’s the message of Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko’s new film Bike City, Great City, an uplifting look at why so many cities are starting to embrace cycling as a smart, convenient and cost-effective form of transportation.

The Mayfair Theatre is hosting the world premiere of Bike City, Great City on Tuesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. The 40-minute film will be followed by a Q&A session with the director and producers.

A second special screening at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, will be followed by a panel discussion on Going for Gold — Sharing the Road in Ottawa, featuring Citizens for Safe Cycling, the Canadian Automobile Association and the Enviro Centre. Ironically, whether Chernushenko can attend the July 10 screening depends on the length of that day’s Transportation Committee meeting at City Hall.

“I directed Bike City, Great City both as a citizen and as a city councillor to promote the universal benefits of active transportation and better city building,” Chernushenko says.

“North American cities have mostly been built for the car above all else. I think it’s time to reverse that bias. So do millions of other city dwellers who are increasingly voicing support for more investment in safe and convenient cycling infrastructure and revamped education programs for cyclists and drivers alike. They want their cities to become places where the bicycle is a practical and appealing choice for people of any age, gender and income level.“

In the film, Chernushenko takes the audience on a ride to show how Ottawa and other North American urban centres are making gradual but steady progress to become great bike cities. In the process, he hopes to inspire decision-makers across the continent and around the world to transform their own cities into great places for cyclists and everyone else.

Bike City, Great City is directed by David Chernushenko and produced by Terry Kimmel and Tucker House Renewal Centre.

This is Chernushenko’s third film project. Be the Change (2008) explores the challenges and rewards of trying to live more lightly. Powerful: Energy for Everyone (2010) examines alternatives to conventional energy systems.

The Mayfair Theatre is located at 1074 Bank St. in Old Ottawa South. Admission is $6 for Mayfair members and $10 for non-members.

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