This is a FANTASTIC idea. Cascade Bicycle Club is holding a weekly video contest throughout May. Each week has a different theme, and submissions are due every Wednesday. You can also submit photos and stories.
StreetFilms‘ Clarence Eckerson Jr, who is in town today for the Bike to Work Breakfast, has shown just how effective and inspiring videos of livable streets can be. In Seattle, we tend to have many of the same debates over and over with each new roads project, and video is one way to more clearly explain the benefits of streets that work for people.
You have another chance to catch Eckerson Friday evening at REI. Details:
Start: Friday Apr 29, 2011 7:00 PM
End: Friday Apr 29, 2011 9:00 PM
222 Yale Street
And they are fun to make and watch. Here’s one from LA:
So get out there and make some videos!
Here’s how it works:
(1) Each week has a theme. The first theme, for example, is Getting Started.
(2) We announce a new theme each Wednesday, for a total of five weeks. Feel free to interpret the theme however you’d like, within the bounds of decency, of course, and always with bicycles in mind.
(3) Inspired by the theme, you shoot a short video, take a photo or write a little story.
(4) You send us your work:
- Videos: Upload your video to YouTube; then email us the link.
- Photos: If they’re under 1mb, please email them to us. If larger than that, please use our online dropbox.
- Stories: Send your writing (no more than 200 words, please).
(5) For each theme, you have until noon the following Wednesday to submit. First deadline is noon, May 4.
(6) Our elite panel of judges reviews each week’s submissions and selects the top entry, which we’ll spotlight in a forthcoming issue of Crosstown Traffic, the official email newsletter of the Group Health Commute Challenge.
(7) At the end of the contest, we select overall first, second and third place winners, all of whom get a PRIZE—something really nifty donated by one of Bike Month’s generous sponsors—plus recognition at an awards ceremony during the June 7 Pyramid Party that’ll bring Bike Month and the Commute Challenge to a close.
There it is. Now go forth and film, shoot or scribble! We want to see the magic of Bike Month captured in your stories and pictures. All you have to do is get started….