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Why I Ride

Bike Month continues with a great 30-day exhibit called Why I Ride: The Art of Bicycling in New York. Many artists are featured at four sites in Manhattan, including The Lower East Side Girls Club. There is also a diverse on-line gallery to experience.

StreetFilms stopped by the gala opening to ask people why they ride.

<br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[intro music]</font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Clarence Eckerson Jr.:</i> [00:08] So tonight is the opening reception for Why I Ride and we’re going to be asking people why they ride. And we’re also here to talk to a number of the artists and see why they produce their works and so let’s go on inside. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [00:28] Because I love it. It gives me a sense of freedom. I feel like I’m flying and you get a perspective you can’t get when you’re walking. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [00:34] Because I need to get good healthy exercise. I need to be able to improve my body. And at the age that I’m at, and I’m not going to say, at that age I should’ve been really sitting like this. But I’m not, I’m like this. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [00:50] Cos I love being active. I love interacting with people around me and seeing the city on two wheels.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [00:56] Well I ride cos it’s fun. And I get exercise, and when I get from… when I start out and get to my destination I feel very energised by, you know, by the exercise I get when I’m riding.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Doug:</i> [01:11] Cos it’s the best way to get around.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:13] I always ride. Why do I ride? I can’t think of anything better to do. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:21] I ride so I don’t have to get on the subway with all those cranky sniffly coughy annoying people. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:26] I ride cos it gives me life. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:31] Why do I ride? Because of the freedom. You’re powered by your own strength, your own desires. It’s freeing. I find it very freeing, very relaxing.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:45] Cos it’s fun. That’s it. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:50] Cos it’s fun. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:51] I ride a bike cos we’re from anti revolution worldwide against the dominant car paradigm. And it’s fun. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Clarence Eckerson Jr.:</i> [01:57] Boy, and that wasn’t even rehearsed. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Elizabeth Stalky:</i> [02:05] Hey, I’m Elizabeth Stalky, I’m co-curator of the Why I Ride, The Art of Bicycling in New York City, and we’re here at the Lower Eastside Girls Club which is our primary venue. We had some great participation from artists in the city, so we chose 15 artists or artist groups and they’re represented here or at the other three locations. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Clarence Eckerson Jr.:</i> [02:26] And Doug, you put together this amazing mosaic montage of photography. Why don’t you just tell us a little about your project?</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Doug:</i> [02:33] It’s just photographs I’ve taken over the last year.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Clarence Eckerson Jr.:</i> [02:37] And how long have you been doing this?</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Doug:</i> [02:39] Not too long, I’ve only been living in New York, less than a year or so. They’re pictures of New York that long, pictures in general. I don’t know, I had a camera for years.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [02:50] This piece is a series of memorial artworks about people who have been killed on their bicycles by cars. I started this project because of the fact that I ride all the time and I’m painfully aware of how dangerous it is. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [03:08] Bicycles are so much in my life that it’s kind of natural that they come through in my work. And I think they’re a really positive symbol. I like the idea of forward motion, being a self propelled vehicle. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Clarence Eckerson Jr.:</i> [03:26] Now why do you really ride?</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [03:29] Because my doctor said I have to exercise and this was the easiest and the fastest way to meet gorgeous women and be out in the fresh air. Now the fresh air is good but I haven’t met the gorgeous women.</font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> http://transcriptdivas.ca/transcription-canada/
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  • Slick

    A little cheesy but true... that freeze frame of the couple is charming. They look like they're in love. OK ... back to business now.

  • Marina

    Thanks Clarence! I enjoyed getting a preview of the exhibit I plan to see, as well as the positive tone of the video.

  • http://www.livablestreets.com/people/trorb/ Clarence

    You are welcome. Although I was just the dude on camera, Sean shot and edited it.