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Streetfilms video on Minneapolis' bike mojo rolls with Bicycling magazine 'top bike-friendly' honor

In early May Streetfilms, the organization that documents and celebrates cities with active streets around the world, came out with a video on "Major Bike Mojo in Minneapolis" -- hot on the heels of Bicycling magazine declaring Minneapolis "America's Top Bike-friendly City." The Line asked Streetfilms' Elizabeth Press by email what drew her to the Twin Cities.

The Line: Did the idea for Minneapolis film come after Bicycling magazine or before? Whose idea and why?

Streetfilms: The idea came before the article but the article did come out online when I was in Minneapolis....and became a good hook! I was there to cover this event. And since I was there for that press conference, I was setting out to make other shorts on public transportation and bicycling. I am going to post at least one more video on public transportation in Minneapolis during the summer. A combination of the Bicycling magazine article, bike share launching in June, and it being Bike Month in NYC made me want to post the bicycle video first.

The Line: What did you see in Minneapolis that impressed you or depressed you?

Streetfilms: Impressed by the off trail network (during the day) and community engagement! Coming from NYC, I have to admit I was not super used to commuting on the off-road trails alone at night. I have to say it takes some getting used to and could probably use some more lights.

The Line: What's the most challenging thing to capture when you make your films?

Streetfilms: For me the most challenging part of making Streetfilms outside of NYC has to be understanding and capturing the overall environment in a few days' time.

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Source: Streetfilms
Writer: Chris Steller
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