1. Bullet  What will you, Liz Canning, contribute to the film?

  2. Beyond conceiving, organizing and editing, I’ve been capturing the following stories myself:

  3. Using a variety of archival media, LCMG will tell a brief history of the cargo bike from Northern Europe to the US and from the 19th-century Dutch long johns and trikes to the variety we see today. Jan Vandertuin began his efforts to bring cargo bikes to the US in the 1970’s and is still at it with his very active Center for Appropriate Transport. He crossed paths and ideas with fellow cargo bike pioneers George Bliss and Ian Grayson. The fleet of longtails Grayson designed and built in the the 70’s were a huge influence on Xtracycle inventor Ross Evans.

  4. Evans came up with the Free Radical extension while working with Bikes not Bombs in Nicaragua at age 19. While Xtracycle waited for the nation to catch up, one of it’s owners--Ben Sazzarin--designed his own longtail, the Yuba Mundo, and left to start his own company, Yuba Bicycles. In the midst of a recession, Xtracycle has struggled to keep a pace with its new rival and former friend. Will the bad blood in this Bay Area competition leave scars? inspire innovation? or possibly even collaboration?

  1. BulletReleases?

  2. Here is a release form to be signed by people appearing in your video (including yourself):                  Personal_Release_Form.rtf

  3. Here is a release form giving me permission to use your footage, to be signed by you upon submission of footage to the project. Footage Release Form.rtf


  1. BulletHow is it going?

  2. Since posting 2 versions of the video trailer it’s been viewed online over 100,000 times, and traveled the world as part of the 2012 Bicycle Film Festival. One of my favorite reactions to the trailer is this comment posted on BikeSnobNYC where the trailer was reposted:

  3. “Awesome post Snob. The cargo bike video is changing the way I view bikes, and I've never owned a car. She converted a convert, fucking awesome.”


  4. Our very active Facebook group has over 1200 members. I’ve been inundated with email and video from cargo bike lovers all over the world: close to 6 TB of content so far!


  5. On a trip to Portland I was housed, transported and fed by co-directors while shooting 4-5 interviews a day and attending local Cargo Bike Roll Call events. Meanwhile, co-directors have actually hosted gatherings of local cargo bike folk who were all interviewed, followed by a group ride captured on video. Others have spent their summer vacation interviewing fellow riders wherever they found them. There have been many collaborations between professional shooters and cargo bike advocates, and some shooters who are cyclists themselves have sent me video of cargo bike-centered events. For more on Co-Directors and their submissions, go to Meet LCMG Co-Directors.

  1. Bullet   Why a crowdsourced documentary?

  2. 1) 100 interviews with riders professing their cargo bike love does not a compelling documentary make! But if the piece tells not only the individual stories participants share with me, but more generally the story of the project itself, then I think we’ll have something compelling: can a bunch of enthusiasts---connected only through the internet, the US mail and a shared faith in the power of these bikes---make a feature length film that could push the US cargo bike movement into the mainstream? I think this might resonate with other internet-assisted revolutions (Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street) and look at the changing ways we form community. Integrated well, all that could make a movie a lot of people want to see.

  3. 2) I’ve been a professional film/video editor for 12 years and before that I made found-footage films. I love the challenge of trying to create a cohesive whole from disparate elements and have been told that I’m pretty good at it. I also have 5 year-old twins and a very busy husband: crowdsourcing video from all over the world is the only way I could possibly approach this project!

  4. 3) I was inspired by the story of Ridley Scott’s crowdsourced project, “Life in a Day”

  1. Bullet   What is crowdsourcing?

  2. Crowdsourcing is the act of sourcing tasks traditionally performed by specific individuals to a group of people or community (crowd) through an open call. Jeff Howe established that crowdsourcing -- because it is an open call to a group of people -- gathers those who are most fit to perform tasks, solve complex problems and contribute with the most relevant and fresh ideas. For example, the public may be invited to develop a new technology, carry out a design task (also known as community-based design or "design by democracy"…) Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowdsourcing  


  1. BulletIs there a deadline for submission?

  2. I plan to shoot and gather material through Spring 2016. My goal is to have a complete feature-length documentary by the end of 2016.

  1. A GoPro mounted on a helmet (above) and (below) on an extender arm held by another rider .


  1. Bullet   Why should I send you my footage?

  2. A feature-length film telling the story of a movement has a greater potential impact and a wider potential audience than a short film about one person’s cargo bike experience. I specialize in making other people’s footage look really good. It’s what I do for a living: look here. Your footage will remain yours to use however you like. I will have a copy to use in combination with lots of other elements.


  1. Bullet   How will I be credited?

  2. Anyone contributing footage that is used in the final cut of LESS CAR MORE GO will be credited as “Co-Director.” I will be credited as producer/director/editor. LCMG will be “A film by Liz Canning.”


  1. Bullet  What kind of footage do you need?

  2. Raw, unedited footage. This will be much easier to combine with other sources. Please do not edit! Of course if there are bits you’d rather I did not use, just let me know. Interviews and B-roll! Great cargo bike riding footage has limited usefulness without the context of an interview, and vice-versa. Both are pretty essential. If you want feedback on a particular idea, email me.


  1. Technically speaking: 1280 × 1080 DVCPRO HD (1080p30) HD is ideal, but if you have great video in a different format, please submit it.  GoPros and other sport-cams are great for riding B-roll, but in order to record good sound (very important in an interview), you will need a regular camcorder, preferably with an external mic. If you have only a Flipcam/iphone/mini-HD camera of some sort, make sure that the camera is close to the interviewee and the setting is quiet. Listen to what you are recording with headphones plugged into the camera whenever possible. For more tips on shooting, see the SHOOTING TIPS page.


  1. Bullet   I lack video experience and/or equipment. How can I be involved?

  2. Reach out to your local community and via the LCMG Facebook group and try to find a shooter with equipment and a crush on cargo bikes! Contact me. I may be able to hook you up with equipment and/or a shooter and/or other co-directors with whom you might collaborate. After the Kickstarter Campaign in May 2013, I should have access to several more GoPros, Flipcams and mini-harddrives to distribute.

  1. The Bicycle Works--a non-profit cooperative shop in Marin-- has defied even the brightest expectations by single-handedly putting cargo and electric bikes on the local map. Since opening in 2009 they have doubled their space and now carry a huge variety of stock, from the Yuba Boda Boda to the Dutch Bullitt.


  2. Emily Finch had a conservative Catholic upbringing and found herself transporting her 6 kids in a 9-seat Suburban until she was reunited with her estranged lefty dad who taught her all about peak oil and the horrors of suburbia. The folks in her small east coast town thought she’d lost it when she traded in her giant automobile for a bakfiets. Since moving to PDX she’s become an international cargo bike celebrity.


  3. Ethan Jewett, Travis Wittwer and Mike Cobb are pushing cargo bikes into the mainstream as disaster relief vehicles with an annual competition called the Disaster Relief Trials.

  4. City CarShare plans to add a fleet of electric longtail cargo bikes to their San Francisco Bay Area BikeShare program in Spring of 2014!


  5. Once funding is in place I plan to travel and shoot in cargo bike hot spots like NYC, Minneapolis, Seattle, Chicago, etc..