Tonight at CineCycle, the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation presents a screening of VEER, a critically approved documentary that examines Portland’s (at times) wacky bike culture and shows that for many, two wheels aren’t just a choice of transportation; they’re a way of life.
By and by, VEER combines politics, drama, art, and general tomfoolery to paint a colourful sociological picture of communities that have sprouted from the rising tide of cyclists. It’s got a lot of heart; at times, it may even have too much—try not to snigger when a spaced out Zoobomber sermonizes about the capacity for bikes to incite revolution and “change the world,” or when a bike repair shop owner extols two-wheelers as “a fundamental common-thread between human beings.” Still, there are legit issues raised here that resonate beyond Portland. And for all of you cycle fetishists that don’t do subtext, the film’s many slow-motion, tastefully soundtracked montages of Zoobombers riding around town are essentially top-shelf bike porn.
VEER screens at CineCycle (behind 129 Spadina Avenue) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8.