Whether you race ’round the roads, cruise the friendlier footpaths (gasp!) or charge the winding dirt trails, you might find a bit of inspiration in Pedal Driven, a documentary that explores both sides of the battle to preserve America’s wild lands for the enjoyment of its citizens. In one corner: the freeriders, a stealthy group of mountain bike riders committed to the hidden trails and jumps they’ve erected in the forests of Leavenworth, Washington. In the other corner: the rangers of the U.S. Forest Service.
The riders refuse to surrender their ground, guarding the location of their trails closely from the vigilant rangers. The rangers, frustrated by the riders commitment to the terrain, have obtained the authority to jail them immediately upon capture. Both sides argue for the same goal: the protection of a dwindling natural resource for the enjoyment of all citizens. Both sides believe their stewardship is the only way to achieve the goal.
Pedal Driven will screen at the Roxy on Saturday, July 9 at 3pm. Proceeds of ticket sales will benefit the Miramar Track Project, a feisty little outfit that creates and maintains dual-use paths throughout the Wellington City Council reserve at the northern end of the Miramar Peninsula. Limited tickets are available online through Burke’s Cycles at fifteen bucks apiece. Looks like a good afternoon out so bust a move for a good cause.