New Mountain Bike Doc Goes After Crowd Funding

Oct 6, 2010 at 9:15
by Howell at the Moon Productions  

PEDAL-DRIVEN: a bike-umentary, scheduled for release in April 2011, just released a brand-new trailer cut especially to support a one-month crowd funding campaign through Kickstarter.com in an effort to raise funds necessary to complete the documentary.

Howell at the Moon Productions, the company behind the project, has shot across the Western United States and in B.C. for over a year now. The doc will chronicle the clash between mountain bikers and federal land managers on national forest lands as well as investigating emerging solutions to the problem. It is being created through a non-profit partnership with IMBA.

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The company has set a goal of raising at least $15,000 by Nov. 5. A unique feature of fundraising through Kickstarter.com is that, unless a project meets or exceeds its fundraising goal, no money is distributed. Donors to the campaign receive rewards ranging from pre-purchases of the DVD, official movie T-shirts all the way up to bike frames and having a trail named after them.

EVERY DOLLAR HELPS
As a NON-PROFIT project, every cent of profit ever generated by Pedal-Driven will go back into projects that support sustainable trailbuilding and land stewardship solutions. The hope is that this film turns into hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in future support for mountain bike and environmental advocacy work.

JOIN THE RIDE
We're asking you to be part of our team. Please help us in spreading the word about Pedal-Driven on the Kickstarter.com site. The success of this campaign rests on our ability to let people know about the project and get them involved. This is an opportunity for individuals to have a real hand in mountain bike advocacy at the national level. Grassroots support can make this happen!

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35 Comments

  • + 10
 good cause, should do something like this down under so we can have more local trails, would help if kids would quit littering damaging things off the trails!
  • + 1
 i completly agree with you
it is so annoying we nearly got kicked out of our wood cuz of it
so we told em we'll brake their nose's if they carry on Smile
  • + 5
 well i am 16... right now your probably thinking "what a freeking little ass" well i agree with you both. most kids my age are so inconsiderate of the environment and of the others riding the trails that people have spent years building, i 100% agree that it is the kids of my generation that are making it harder for all of us bikers to gain respect and positive reinforcement, but honestly what can any of us do? there is no way to keep people like this off the trails we have to teach them, or get them to build! if they build they will respect so that is my suggestion.

by the way i think this doccumentry will be amazing Smile
  • + 1
 i didn't mean kids as a derogatory thing, just happens to be the little ones on a local trail, but i did notice adults littering at a race on sunday that was on a private farm, come on, do you expect them to invite us back when you do that??
  • + 1
 Funny, my Step-dad & I where just talking about this issue yesterday while riding. This is a area where our American brothers & sisters are leaps & bounds ahead of us here in tthe great north. Witch I find funny cause Canada is a MTB mecca. Support this cause if you feel the qoute from the first fellow in the trailer. No words have even rung truer for me, LIVE THE RIDE!!
  • + 3
 I can't wait to see the whole thing! This could be the best documentary to hit the MTB scene EVER! A real look into what we're fighting for.
  • + 3
 I understand both sides. Bikers want to keep riding, rangers want to keep riders from destroying habitats. Big dilemma, but as a biker I tend to side with the former.
  • + 2
 There is also another one being made called: The Woods Belong To Us. but they both look awesome! thewoodsbelongtous.com
  • + 0
 I understand where the officials are coming from with respect to "Un-Official" trail making. Along with environmental concerns with erosion and vegetation destruction there are more concerns with safety of the trails being made and maintenance. Could you imagine the legal ramifications of people getting injured, or worst yet killed, on property owned by the city or government?
  • + 1
 Of course here in the US, it amazes me that COWS have free reign over the landscape, leave 'presents' all over trails, demolish hillsides and make trails where none ever existed... and at the same time we're not allowed to access trails in many areas where even the cows can. Go figure.
  • + 1
 Cows don't litigate Wink
  • + 0
 The PEOPLE own the land, not the government. The Government cares for the land with the tax dollars that we supply to them as the PEOPLE. Simple enough. Give us the trails (or access to build them without hassle or intervention).
  • + 2
 Damn!i hope they show this on high school classes all over the country!wicked!
  • + 1
 yea i agree good luck with it all i love montian biking i vote for more trails
  • + 1
 Quebec needs help too! We have an awesome mountain in Montreal that is "illegal" to ride in. I like the cause rock it!
  • + 1
 Really cool! Just lets everyone know how hard people have to fight to ride keep trails open and ride!
  • + 1
 thats unreal, biking isn't a crime!
  • + 2
 Awesome!
  • + 1
 the new breed of woodsman!!!!! haha
  • + 1
 Let us be Known to the world! turn this into a national sport
  • + 1
 Excellent idea. Nicely edited trailer too!
  • + 1
 This is amazing, good job guys.
  • + 1
 thank you, bout time!
  • + 0
 Forest service can go suck my balls for all i care!
  • + 3
 I appreciate the sentiment, but does that attitude really help? The USFS exists and is charged with managing the land, and we have options with regards to our response to the ways they manage the forests/grasslands. We can support efforts to work collaboratively with other user-groups, legislators and the USFS to enhance access, or we can flip 'em the bird as we rail a sweet section of poached or illegally built trail. You figure which one will do the sport more good.
  • + 1
 AMEN reverend preach it! Wink
  • + 1
 True true, But why can't they be more mtb friendly? Instead of just to hikers?
  • + 1
 I haven't watched this vid but I am aware of a growing issue around 'Rogue' MTB'rs that carry tools with them and build trails where ever they want, usually destroying trees, or other plants and even forcing animals to relocate. There's also a growing concern around insects. Believe it or not there are bugs that destroy trees inadvertently and if someone brings wood in to build ramps, jumps, etc they could be bringing those pests along. This is just one minor aspect of why we as respectable MTB'rs should work together with the forestry rangers and other officials to put an end to this. Hikers could be doing the same for all we know, however they tend to lean towards the fact that hikers shoes don't wear the soil away as quickly as MTB tires do.
  • + 1
 Once again I have been shut down by another great point that I didn't think about when I posted that comment.
  • + 1
 No shutting down just keep an open mind. I would love to build a trail in my local parkland but you gotta think of the bigger picture Smile

Cheers,
S
  • + 2
 p.s. IMBA has posted some research that dispells the myth that mtb tires do more damage than hikers. In point of fact, there seems to be no appreciable difference in impact between hikers and mtbers. Horses and motorcycles (the latter especially when climbing) cause significantly greater trail impact. So if we want to ensure access, then it is imperative to bring to the attention of land managers and other groups of users this research. On the other hand, the perception of the mt. biker by other users (we are the new kids on the block after all) contain the stereotypes we need to quell in order to increase our access to OUR land. Yes, it sucks to be prevented from riding on land that we believe we should have access to, but if we want to gain long-term access we've got some educating to do... and that education needs to happen in the ranks of land managers, other interested groups and the mt. bike community.
  • + 1
 Excellent. Know where I can find this research?

Cheers,
S
  • + 1
 Sweet. I need to keep this doc. on me everytime i ride somewhere illegal! haha. that would be sick if it worked.

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