This half-hour documentary
looks at bike culture and bike lifestyles around the world
with beautiful and inspiring scenes of bike use filmed
in China, The Netherlands, Denmark, and the U.S.
In the 1890's, before automobiles ruled the
roads, bicyclists were referred to as "Scorchers" because
of their blazing speed. A century later, in a world filled
with car-related environmental and social problems, Return
of the Scorcher discovers an inspired
and evolving bicycling renaissance.
This documentary touches
on a surprising variety of subjects including romance,
rebellion, early feminism, and spirituality - all viewed
within the context of bicycling.
of the Scorcher
questions our obsession with "progress" and status and
presents a diverse cross-section of cycling visionaries
who see the bicycle as a life-affirming vehicle for change.
include: Marcia Lowe, Michael Replogle, Iain Boal, Ellen
Fletcher, George Bliss and others.
of the Scorcher features the scene which
led to the adoption of the name "Critical Mass" for the
rides which now occur around the world and also served
as inspiration for Ted White's other documentary We
aren't blocking traffic, We Are Traffic!.
In this scene, bicycle designer George Bliss coins
the term "Critical Mass" in describing the flow of bicycle
traffic with cars in China.
Suggested University/Classroom use: Environmental
and Sustainability Courses, Urban Design and Planning,
Cultural Geography, American Studies, Social History of
Transportation, Technological Change.