The Bicycle Film Festival, an international celebration of all things cycling, began in NYC in 2001 and now spans the globe. For 2020, the Film Festival has partnered with local organizations to move the festival to a virtual format that still champions the impact that bikes have on communities around the world. In State College, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council has partnered with the Nittany Mountain Bike Association and other advocacy groups to host the films and highlight the town’s cycling culture.
The Festival starts with a panel discussion of local community leaders discussing their role. PEC is represented on the panels by Brett Hollern, who speaks to our broader trail work statewide and how those lessons could be applied in Centre County.
“Internally we use a term ‘8-80’, meaning that cycling infrastructure should be safe, convenient and accessible to those from age 8 to 80, of course this being a general way of saying cycling opportunities, particularly multi-use paths, should be safe and accessible to all users. Specifically, PEC will focus on gaps in connectivity and explore the causes of and potential solutions to filling those gaps to make key, strategic connections that can be leveraged to advance projects forward,” Hollern said.
Other topics covered by the panels include youth engagement, bicycle safety and inclusive practices.
The festival begins on December 10th and runs through the 20th. Tickets can be purchased at https://btt.boldtypetickets.com/events/109369138/bicycle-film-festival-state-college