From Kornmarkt to Kolkata: A comparative perspective on cycling in everyday life


2017/42 min/ Bengali & English with English subtitles
Director: ​ Malini Sur
Discussants: Angela Francke, Professor for Transport Economics, University of Kassel
Karin Wette, from “Radentscheid Göttingen”,Göttingen Bike Initiative.
​Date & Time: ​11 June, 7:30pm,
​Venue: ​ Cinema Lumiére, Geismar Landstraße 19

“Life Cycle” explores the place of the bicycle in the everyday lives of city dwellers in Kolkata. Are Kolkata’s bicycles relics of a past to be hastily discarded or are they viable, if complicated cargo vehicles in India’s burgeoning cities? Winding through Kolkata’s roads we follow the city’s daily wage-workers, teachers and environmentalists and their changing relationships to cycling. What happens when new traffic regulations impede two-wheeled travelers from riding on Kolkata’s roads? How do vendors, couriers, newspaper sellers and artists negotiate Kolkata’s roads congested with cars and other motorised transport? Who wins the battle for the road – the bicycle or the car? Life Cycle is a tribute to the bicycle in uncertain times; and its relationship to rapidly changing Indian cities.

After the screening, Malini Sur will be in conversation with Angela Francke, Professor for Transport Economics at the University of Kassel, and Karin Wette from “Radentscheid Göttingen/Göttingen Zero” (Göttingen Bike Initiative/Göttingen Zero).The conversation will be followed by a Q & A. The event will be in English & German.

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