Referred to by The Guardian as “The Sartorialist on two wheels,” the Cycle Chic Republic is a global network comprised of more than 50 blogs based in cities worldwide, including London, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Sydney, New York, Montreal, Budapest, and Rio de Janeiro. It is headed by the world-famous Copenhagen Cycle Chic, the original bike style and street photography website started by Mikael Colville-Andersen in 2004.
Started in 2010, Vancouver Cycle Chic is an official chapter of the Cycle Chic Republic. With over 3,800 social media fans, our various pages receive as many as 10,000 monthly views of bike and lifestyle related content. Our simple mantra to “dress for the destination”, and choose “style over speed” has been covered by the CBC Early Edition, Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Observer, SFU Peak, Inside Vancouver and Style Spy.
In 2013, Vancouver Cycle Chic independently produced a series of six short films to highlight the diversity, creativity and humanity of two-wheeled transportation, and inspire others to give it a try. The Cycle Chic Films were a remarkable success, garnering over 10,000 views, along with features in Vancouver Is Awesome, Momentum Magazine, Hush Magazine, Spacing Magazine, Scout Magazine, Copenhagenize and many additional online publications. One of the films: ‘Heart and Soul,’ was awarded ‘Best Bicycle Short Film’ at the New Urbanism Film Festival in Los Angeles, where producer Chris Bruntlett led a live-streamed workshop on effectively promoting bicycle culture.
In 2014, the #CycleChicFilms team is looking to build on that momentum, with confirmed screenings at Portland’s Filmed By Bike Festival in April, the Vancouver Web Fest in May, the Go Bike Montreal Festival in June, and Buffalo’s 22nd Congress for the New Urbanism in June, as well as events in Calgary, Toronto, and Auckland, N.Z.
We have also started pre-production on six new films – to be shot and released in 2014 – and are looking for partners interested in reaching our large and engaged audience. This is a unique opportunity to have your company featured as the subject or location of a short film, or simply displayed at the end credits. In return, we are asking for a small contribution to help cover our equipment and production expenses. Please email us if interested.
In addition, we remain on the lookout for for unique characters with compelling stories to share. People of all ages, sizes and backgrounds are most welcome. If you’re interested in starring in a film, or know of someone who would be an ideal candidate, please email us.
We look forward to working together.