I was in Union Square when it hit me. They’re everywhere—hipster kids sporting vintage bicycles, BMX riders weaving through the commons, decked-out racers, and all kinds of green-conscious city explorers. Even the busker with the accordion and a cardboard astronaut helmet had his bike parked near by.
Urban bike culture is strong and diverse in New York, from the daily commute to Critical Mass to bike jousting. To celebrate that community and culture there is the annual Bicycle Film Festival, this year from June 17-21.
The Bicycle Film Festival is a multi-city celebration of bicycle through film, art and music. Brendt Barbur, founder and director of the Bicycle Film Festival, is the embodiment of dedication to the bike community. After getting hit by a bus nearly a decade ago while riding his bike in New York City, Barbur was inspired to get political and artistic.