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With My Own Two Wheels
REI Seattle
Seattle, WA
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With My Own Two Wheels
For many Americans, the bicycle is a choice. An expensive toy. An eco-conscious mode of transportation. For countless others around the world, it is much more.

With My Own Two Wheels is a beautifully shot portrait of the importance of bikes in the lives of five individuals from across the globe.  Shot on location in Zambia, Ghana, India, Guatemala and California, the film includes breathtaking regional footage and inspirational narratives that highlight the impact a bicycle can have in improving a life.

For Fred, a health worker in Zambia, the bicycle is a means of reaching twice as many patients. For Bharati, a teenager in India, it provides access to education. For Mirriam, a disabled Ghanaian woman, working on bicycles is an escape from the stigma attached to disabled people in her community. For Carlos, a farmer in Guatemala, pedal power is a way to help neighbors reduce their impact on the environment. For Sharkey, a young man in California, the bicycle is an escape from the gangs that consume so many of his peers.

With My Own Two Wheels weaves together the experiences of these five individuals into a single story about how the bicycle can change the worldone pedal stroke at a time. In a time when many teens get a set of keys for their 16th birthdays, this film aims to remind audiences about the power of the bicycle as a vehicle for change, both globally and locally.

In the spirit of improving individuals' lives through bicycles, this showing will benefit World Bicycle Relief and Cascade Bicycle Club's Major Taylor Project, and will feature a post-film Q&A with representatives from each group.

World Bicycle Relief runs the Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program, an innovative project that is providing 50,000 bicycles to improve rural Zambian children's access to education. These children are especially at risk for extreme poverty and high HIV/ AIDS infection rates; safe, reliable transportation to school will enable them to have better health and economic outcomes as a result of completing their secondary education. More than 7,000 bicycles have been distributed to date, and initial reports indicate dramatically increased school attendance.

Cascade's Major Taylor Project is an afterschool cycling program that works intensively with low-income and diverse middle and high school students in and around Seattle. The program teaches biking skills, healthy living, bicycle maintenance, road safety awareness, and the importance of working toward individual goals.

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REI Seattle
222 Yale Street
Seattle, WA 98109
United States


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Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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