Dublin Cycling Stories - Georgia
Momentum Mag chats with Paddy Cahill from Dublin about his recent project, the Dublin Cycling Stories.
What are the Dublin Cycling Stories?
Dublin Cycling Stories is a series of short portraits of people who use bikes to get around Dublin. The videos are made with support of Dublin Cycling Campaign, Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority.
Why did you choose to make videos and use the approach you did in each of the films?
There are so many good reasons to cycle but with these videos we simply wanted to show how easy and fun it is! Hopefully by focusing on this, the videos will encourage more people to get cycling again.
Have there been any success stories since you have launched the video series?
We've had such a positive and amazing response to the videos. We hoped they would be seen by people who have thought about cycling but just need a little encouragement to get back on the bike. One woman who got in touch after seeing the videos said she has just started cycling with her own child after seeing our video with Lisa.
What should non-Dubliners know about what is happening as far as biking in the city goes?
Dublin used to be one of Europe's great cycling cities. However in the 1980's cycling began to fall off, probably due to a shift towards car-focused urban planning. In the last few years though, cycling has been enjoying a major comeback in Dublin with an 87 percent increase in people cycling into the city in the last eight years alone. It’s great to see so many Dubliners on their bikes enjoying the city. We’re not quite Amsterdam, but we’re getting there!
Can you tell us a little about yourself and your bike background?
Like many people in Ireland I grew up cycling to school, then in my twenties I drove for quite a bit, probably just because it was what everyone else was doing. Then I rediscovered how much easier it is to cycle. At the same time I also started making videos, the two kind of linked in my head and I began to realize how cinematic being on a bike can be, its like one long beautiful tracking shot! So, with friend and blogger Philip de Roos, we started to make a series of cycling interview documentaries. So far we've made nearly 20 of them and you can watch them on our website.
What three things do you never leave the house without?
My sense of anxiety over deciding which bike to take to work, my camera, odd socks.