Mixing animation and live action and shot entirely via bikes, a short piece for the City of Portland introducing two spiffy new bike facilities -- the cycle track and the buffered bike lanes.

As narrator Catherine Ciarlo (Transportation Director for Mayor Sam Adams) says in the introduction,

“We all want to live in a city with clean air, safe streets, healthier, happier people, and stress free commutes… Yeah, that last one’s tough; with so many people trying to get to so many places in so many ways — especially cars and bikes that share the same roads. So here in the city, we’ve been thinking — how can we help bikes and cars get where they need to go safely and efficiently? To us, it’s the next step to toward creating a healthier, more sustainable city.”

A special shout-out to Spencer Boomhower (with an assist from character designer Will Heiberg), who did a beautiful job with the animation.

Thanks also to Rick Wilson of the nimble Cafe Velo (cafe-velo.com), who generously and strenuously pedaled me around in his bakfiets (a bike with a passenger gondola in front) to get the moving shots.

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