Spoke is a documentary film by Lulu Wei. The documentary examines cycling as a viable form of transportation while addressing the infrastructure enhancements needed to improve Toronto’s quality of life. By addressing the difficulties faced by the cycling community, through first-person accounts and chronicles of the city’s cycling infrastructure, Spoke identifies the need for citizen involvement in municipal politics. Juxtaposing the different perspectives of city representatives, and cycling advocates, the film facilitates candid dialogue between these separate communities.
Spoke promotes change and raises awareness by presenting contentious issues. The film’s accompanying installation communicates the vulnerability and experience of the urban cyclist by providing a simulated first-person perspective. Spoke asks the viewer: Is it possible to change an entire city’s attitude toward transportation?