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BBC TV will point their cameras on a bike move

Posted by on July 26th, 2006 at 1:58 pm

Puppet parade bike move
[Scene from a
recent bike move.]

A producer with the BBC has been poking around the bike scene recently. I heard she was putting together a story about Portland’s sustainability and wanted to feature something about bikes.

At first she mentioned wanting to talk with someone who makes their living by bike but I encouraged her to delve into the wonderful world of Portland bike moves. I sent her links to my reports and photos on this proud local tradition and she was instantly convinced.

Luckily, there happens to be someone needing to move on the same day the producer had available. So that’s it…the BBC will be in town on August 5th to get some footage of a local bike move. Wow, international exposure for gloriously fun and efficient bike-power. Does it get any better that?

If you’d like to help with this bike move, check out the details here.

If you want to see what a bike move is all about, check out this Bike Move video from Clarence Eckerson of BikeTV and visit the official Move by Bike page on the ShiftToBikes.org.

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  • organic brian July 27, 2006 at 11:55 am

    I’m also looking forward to Kristen’s Bike Move on Saturday, because she’s moving her chickens. Chickens! Details for both moves:

    THIS SATURDAY: BIKE MOVE + CHICKENS = HILARITY

    5035 NE 23rd Ave
    Sat 7/29, 10:00a
    kristensaxton [at] yahoo dawt com
    moving from about NE 23rd / Alberta to about N Albina / Holman

    Kristen is moving, her chickens are too! All by bike! She’s moving to the Peninsula Park Commons, it’s going to be ridiculously fun and amusing, *squawk*. She has lots of stuff, so tell your friends and feel free to show up even if you don’t have a trailer or cargo-bike. We’ll tie stuff to your handlebars, or something, *cluck*. The move will be a fairly short distance and more or less downhill, *rawwwkk*. Pre-move doughnuts and a BBQ afterward *happy clucking*.

    SATURDAY NEXT WEEK: BE ON THE BBC

    75 NE Going St
    Sat 8/5, 6:00p
    Rachel 510-867-9766
    moving from 75 NE Going to 3964 N Michigan

    BBC (yes, the British news agency) is covering Portland in a feature on local self-reliance, and wants to film our amazing local phenomenon of the Bike Move. Here’s your chance at 15 minutes of fame on international TV (of course if you don’t want to be on TV, you won’t be).

    This move downhill, and very short. Then we’ll have tea and crumpets, fish and chips, curry for the vegan crowd, garden salad, who knows what else.

    I will have two extra trailers, so if you don’t have one but want to help, let me know. Contact me off-list with any questions. I’d love an RSVP so I know how much food to make, but I usually make a lot, so if you decide at the last minute to come, great!

    http://calendar.gracies.org/

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  • [...] And remember my story about the BBC (yes, the BBC) wanting to come to Portland to film one? Well, they came and produced a big story for their Newsnight program. The story was mostly about our transportation system on the whole, but if you watch the entire video, you’ll catch a bit of a recent bike move and an interview with local cyclist Rachel Freifelder. [...]

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