We’re hosting a FREE outdoor screening of "MOTHERLOAD"! Bike-in to the 17th Street Market for a special screening of the "MOTHERLOAD" documentary on Thursday, October 17. Starting at 6 PM, Journeyman's Adventure Co. will have cargo bike demos for those interested in trying out a cargo bike, and 1708 Gallery will host a bike lantern building workshop. Bike Walk RVA and friends will be on hand to answer all your bike infrastructure-related questions. The MOTHERLOAD film starts at 7 PM and will run until 8:30 PM. A limited number of chairs will be available to the public, so bring one if you can. A blanket might be nice to have, too. Please order food from the surrounding businesses, and do not lock your bike to their outdoor patio fences.
MOTHERLOAD is a crowd-sourced documentary in which the cargo bicycle becomes a vehicle for exploring motherhood in this digital age of climate change. The film follows director and new mother Liz Canning on her quest to understand the increasing tension between modern life and our hunter-gatherer DNA, and how cargo bikes offer a solution. As Liz meets the people behind this push to replace cars with purpose-built bikes, she learns about the history and potential future of the bicycle as the “ultimate social revolutionizer.” Conflict arises when characters encounter cultural resistance, in particular bikelash focused on women and mothers. MOTHERLOAD draws connections here to the struggle of cyclist Suffragettes and to women's seemingly endless fight for bodily autonomy. Ultimately, Liz's experiences as a cyclist, as a mother, and in discovering the cargo bike world, teach her that sustainability is not necessarily about compromise and sacrifice, and that there are few things more empowering in an age of consumption than the ability to create everything from what seems to be nothing.