The Bicycle Battle


Paris and Berlin have an ambitious goal: following the example of Copenhagen, both cities are vying to become Europe’s bicycle capital. Paris has its “Plan Vélo” to combat particulate matter and traffic gridlock. But the city has a deficit: far fewer cyclists than in Berlin. There, the implementation of a cycling statute is in dispute, while accidents are on the increase. What inducements are the cities devising for a clean and safe two-wheeler future? A head-to-head race for the title of bicycle capital is underway.

Written and directed by: Michael R. Gärtner // Camera: Marc Riemer // Additional filming: Stefan Thissen // Sound: Tobias Gerlach // Idea: Thomas Hillebrandt // Film editor: Maximilian Narkovic // Music: Thomas Wolter, Ralf Schurbohm // Sound mix: Florian Ebrecht // Paris assistant: Janine Bechthold // Production assistant: Laura Bleifuß // Production managers: Katja Sträter, Christian Wulf (WDR) // Executive producers: Sarah Zierul, Thomas Weidenbach // Commissioning editor: Barbara Schmitz (WDR)

  • YEAR 2018
  • LENGTH 52 min