La Bici is an episodic video play that brings together ideas of bike safety and how it relates to the repurposing of art and community. All following the main character, La Bici- a repurposed city bike- through stories, songs, and skits to connect and educate our community. Presented in collaboration with the Central Eastside Industrial Council and Friends of Green Loop. Episodes will be created in part with community bike rides and bike safety seminars, allowing the community to engage and become a part of the project. This video play series will focus on different issues of bikes as they relate to safety, technology, community, infrastructure, advocacy, accessibility, environmentalism, repurposing, art, camping and road tripping, altars and ghost bikes.
The overall arc is that bikes bring people together and give a sense of freedom. Togetherness and freedom will link the individual episodes, along with one bike, La Bici. Each episode will act as a stand alone story, song, or poem, and all be connected through the central character of La Bici.
Several community partners have engaged with La Bici Project for episode development and community placemaking, which includes Central Eastside Industrial Council, The Street Trust, Friends of Green Loop, Coopers Hall, The Wayfinder, Sunday Parkways, Community Cycling Center and River City Bicycles.
Episode 1: Hold My Heart by Cris Eli Blak
Julian comes upon an orange bike with a “FREE” sign on it. As he rides, he meets Ana Maria and together they develop a relationship through biking.
Episode 2: Joyride by Dañel Malan
Cruz, a skateboarder, finds La Bici under a tree and takes la Bici on a ride. They head to the Wayfinder, their usual hangout, after the joy ride and a gang of folks in PRIDE outfits arrives and begin to party.
Episode 3: Third Wheel by Louis DeVaughn Nelson
Andreas finds La Bici at the Wayfinder, and it becomes his regular bike. Julian from Episode 1 is an artist, who hangs out at the bar and asks Andreas if he would come pose for him, but Andreas is evasive and leaves.
Episode 4: Transitional Housing by Dañel Malan
Reina lives in a tent in an alley close to the bar, and sees the unattended bike sitting there. They grab it and ride around the neighborhood and out to the Esplanade.
Episode 5: La Bici meets La Patineta by Francisco Garcia
Reina hears La Bici talking to the skateboard, and they strike up a conversation. Reina and Cruz pedal and race and dare each other.
Episode 6: Una Comunidad Segura by Ajai Terrazas Tripathi
Super Santelices does a safety intervention with the crashed La Bici and shares with them why we need to observe safety rules in pedestrian walkways.
Episode 7: Going Outside by Ajai Terrazas Tripathi
Julian finds La Bici again and starts riding around. He finds Ana Maria, and they pick up where they left off, biking and having fun.
Episode 8: Observing Stop Signs by Ajai Terrazas Tripathi
Super Santelices engages the driver and the bikers in a safety dialog and a little couples counseling.
Episode 9: Sometimes I Wonder by Josie Parrelli
A montage of La Bici’s adventures and the building of a ghost bike altar to honor La Bici and those who have died while cycling.
La Bici Episode Writers