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A crowdsourced feature film that will revolutionize ideas of what a bicycle can do and how a documentary is made. STRETCH GOALS added!

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The tireless LESS CAR MORE GO Co-Directors have emboldened me to post...

Stretch Goal #3!: $60,000

There's been talk for a while about how effective it would be to have aerial footage of cyclists in motion for LESS CAR MORE GO. We could make that happen with a GoPro camera mounted on a flying drone, such as the GoPro HERO3: Silver Edition Camera & Phantom Quadcopter with GoPro Mount Kit. We would also need--at lease initially--to hire an operator to make sure we captured what we desired and learned how to best use it.

The equipment could be shared amongst Co-Directors within certain limits and always under the watch of a trained operator. Watch the amazing things it can do here. What do you say? We have 2 days! Make it happen!!!

Stretch Goal #2!: 1000 Backers --In Progress!

Think you can get 10 friends to donate $1? Or 20 friends? If we can reach 1000 Backers--at any pledge level, even $1.00 each--Metrofiets has offered to donate one of their beautiful bakfiets to a low-income family willing to try living car-lite or car-free. I will follow this family, camera in hand, and capture the story for inclusion in LESS CAR MORE GO! 

This could not only transform a family life, but put a spotlight on the practical benefits of cargo bikes we all know so well. To get us started, Arleen McGlade will match the first $1000 to come in!! We have 3 days. We NEED 438 NEW BACKERS. GO!!!!!!!!!

Stretch Goal #1: $50,000 -- Achieved!

$50,000 would enable us to capture a wider cross-section of the cargo bike movement while also completing LCMG sooner and in a more professional fashion. That's our best chance at catching the current wave and getting the mainstream to jump on for the ride! 

To reward you for your love and support, if we hit $50,000, I will give ALL Backers backstage (online) access to uncut, uncensored interviews with cargo bike luminaries such as Ross Evans, Mikael Colville Andersen, George Bliss, Emily Finch, Ben Sarrazin, and yours truly--Liz Canning!

LET'S MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!

The Project:

In early 2011, almost three years before the Wall Street Journal dubbed cargo bikes "the New Station Wagon," filmmaker Liz Canning began making LESS CAR MORE GO. The project is a crowdsourced documentary on the past, present and future of the cargo bike movement, co-directed by over 100 cargo cyclists. A rapidly growing online network of bike lovers from all over the world has shared hours of video footage capturing how cargo bikes change lives. The number, quality and content of submissions to LESS CAR MORE GO is a stunning testament to the power of bicycles, community and art. And we’ve only just begun!

By interweaving Co-Directors’ footage with interviews Liz has shot with riders, designers, shop owners, advocates and pioneers, LESS CAR MORE GO will tell the tale of the cargo bike, from the original bakfiets and rickshaws in Europe and Asia, to the birth of the Longtail in Australia and Nicaragua, through the year 2014 when sales are doubling and tripling annually, and the global cargo bike culture is exploding! 

Furthermore, the collectively illustrated story of the cargo bike boom will be framed by the parallel story of the synergistic LESS CAR MORE GO project. Our goal is to produce an authentic, collaborative document of a cultural revolution in progress: a tribute to the potential of teamwork, bikes and the internet.

Over 100 riders showed up for the Eugene Roll Call. Thanks to Co-Directors Paul Adkins, Kate Carroll Burns and Shane MacRhodes, I was there to capture it!
Over 100 riders showed up for the Eugene Roll Call. Thanks to Co-Directors Paul Adkins, Kate Carroll Burns and Shane MacRhodes, I was there to capture it!

The LESS CAR MORE GO trailer, produced in 2011 as a way to introduce the concept to potential Co-Directors:

My Story:

I, Liz Canning, became a filmmaker while studying at Brown University's Department of Modern Culture and Media. After years of making and curating experimental films in San Francisco, I began a career as an editor (Bio/resume/previous work available here.)

I have always loved bikes. Just never entirely grasped the car-as-rite-of-passage-into-adulthood thing; it was my bike that made me feel free, bold, and adventurous. This was surely inconvenient at times, but I didn’t drive until I was almost 40! By that time I felt intimately familiar with the power of life on 2-wheels. I did not expect that mid-midlife crisis I would be Reborn as a new kind of cyclist: empowered and called to action--by new kind of a bicycle.

I discovered cargo bikes when having twins threatened to end my bike-centric lifestyle.
I discovered cargo bikes when having twins threatened to end my bike-centric lifestyle.

It happened when my twins were about two. I was forced to admit that dragging the double bike trailer stuffed with fat toddlers up the very long steep hill to our house--though adventurous-- was not at all fun and becoming dangerous. So, defeated and bored, I resorted to the car, even for 2 mile-trips to preschool or the store.

The thought that kids--beings undeniably drawn to, and seemingly designed for transport via bicycle, whose future may depend on on our consuming less--the thought that they could actually force our family into a car just killed me. 

I began to wonder: might there be a bike out there that could happily and safely get us up and down that hill? I typed “carry kids on bike” and hit “search.” In a pivotal, life-changing moment I discovered what would become my lifestyle, my fellow filmmakers and my extended family. There it was: the beginnings of the cargo bike boom, manifested in blogs, groups, chats and tweets, buzzing with passion and decorated with the elated faces of families, commuters, messengers and business owners moving heavy things on giant, burly bicycles.

The passion of the online cargo bike community was palpable.
The passion of the online cargo bike community was palpable.

A month or so later I was riding a beautiful blue front loader. Within a year, we’d added an electric assist hub motor. The steep climb that once forced us into a car became irrelevant. What had previously been a chore--errand-running and carting kids--became an adventure. I began to pile things on: 2 kids plus their bikes, 4 kids and backpacks. I could ride farther, faster, with awesome acceleration and, frankly, more fun! I charged that battery about every three days and the car sat idle for weeks.

A little squooshed & very happy!
A little squooshed & very happy!

At once I understood all the stories I was reading of regular folk--some who hadn’t been on a bike in years, getting on a cargo bike and instantly becoming fanatic evangelical advocates, reaching out and befriending every cargo bike lover they could find. They can’t contain their excitement and neither could I. I felt duty-bound to make the cargo bike experience accessible, to show people how easily it can be done, how much sense it makes, how completely ALIVE it makes you feel.

Bumper sticker designed by cargo bike blogger (and my personal inspiration) Sara Armstrong.
Bumper sticker designed by cargo bike blogger (and my personal inspiration) Sara Armstrong.

It was obvious that the rapidly growing network of cargo bike users heard the same call; what if I helped them connect and we tackled this project as a team? I had to try it. Given my knowledge and love of filmmaking, we had to make a film.

So, in the Spring of 2011 we started LESS CAR MORE GO (formerly know as (R)Evolutions per Minute) with a video trailer, a website and a Facebook Group. I bought a handful of mini-hard drives, a couple HD mini-cams, and two GoPros. Through our cargo bike network we began to share equipment, resources, and the skills of several like-minded professional shooters.

Since then the 2 edits of LESS CAR MORE GO trailer have been viewed over 107,000 times and traveled the world as part of the Bicycle Film Festival. The very active Facebook group has over 1500 members. I’ve been inundated with email. And Co-Directors just keep shooting. Some have hosted gatherings now called “Cargo Bike Roll Call”s wherein cyclists bond, tell there story and go for a ride, all on video. Others have spent their summer vacation interviewing riders wherever they found them. Some started wearing a helmet-cam when running errands  At the same time Co-directors have flown, housed and fed me while I’ve been shooting up and down the west coast.

Reactions to the trailer for LESS CAR MORE GO:

This is one of the most inspiring videos I've ever seen. Thank you!....Bo***ox to the car, I'm selling it in favor of an electric assist cargo bike and if I can do it here in the NorthWest Scottish Highlands then it should be possible anywhere...... I'm in!!!

It plays to people culturally outside of cycling's perceived core of radicals and racers, but who definitely connect the dots in terms of larger community benefits extending citywide and globally.

The cargo bike video is changing the way I view bikes, and I've never owned a car. She converted a convert, freaking awesome.

I drive a big truck= 7 mpg. I am what you would call a conservative. Having said that...I feel inspired! If it wasn't 50+ miles to work, I would totally consider a bike commute. Maybe a change in employer or career in my future!

A 100% promise to the world: My family will be living with one of these very soon!

Since I rely on bikes for transportation, this beautiful video hits close to home....With a surprising emphasis on electric assist, it's all very hopeful and exciting -- the start of something new.

LESS CAR MORE GO and the Hero’s Quest:

I’ve been a filmmaker/ editor for 14 years or so, with a focus on documentary. I spent close to a year combining a huge variety of sources to form the Sundance award-winning film, American Blackout. So I was quite aware, from the beginning, that 100 testimonials from love-struck cargo cyclists would not a compelling story make! A successful 90-minute film requires a narrative spine, commonly provided by one character’s quest.

Lucky for me, one of my first interviewees was Ross Evans, the Ted-Talk giving, big-idea-spouting, Geodesic dome-building CEO of Xtracycle. The meeting became a tipping point in the birth of LESS CAR MORE GO: suddenly I had a Hero, a Quest, and a Central question, all wrapped up in a charismatic, enthusiastic and media-savvy subject.

Ross Evans works to make people feel ALIVE. Cargo Bikes are his tool of choice.
Ross Evans works to make people feel ALIVE. Cargo Bikes are his tool of choice.

Ross relayed his amazing story: At age 19, while collaborating with disabled veterans as part of a Bikes Not Bombs program in war-torn Nicaragua, he invented the Xtracycle cargo bike conversion kit.


Upon returning to the US, he formed the Xtracycle company and created a community of hardcore cargo bike evangelists with whom he set out to transform American culture, initiating what would become the current cargo bike boom almost twenty years ago! Best part: he shot tons of photos and video! Here is a teaser, followed by a 22-minute preview of the Xtracycle story, Birth of an American Cargo Bike:


Leaders are not, however, always winners, and often pay a price for being so far ahead of their time. By the time the cargo bike concept began to make sense to people, Xtracycle was battle-worn and weary from 10 years or so of beating their heads against a sport-focused bike industry and a car-loving population. There followed an onslaught of new competition, primarily in the form of the now ubiquitous Yuba Bicycles, founded by former close friend and early partner in Xtracycle, Ben Sarrazin.


Ben Sarrazin left Xtracycle to start his own cargo bike business, the fast-growing Yuba Bicycles..
Ben Sarrazin left Xtracycle to start his own cargo bike business, the fast-growing Yuba Bicycles..

When I began following the Xtracycle story in 2011, the stakes for Ross were enormously high. He and his company were broke, beat and bitter. He had a new wife and son and faced losing his legacy; could he summon the wherewithal to save Xtracycle and take his rightful place as father of the American cargo bike? Here was a fascinating coming of age tale of dedication, betrayal and redemption, played out on the east and north sides of the San Francisco Bay. With plenty of “impassioned visionary vs. savvy businessman” drama to spare. 

Furthermore, just when Ross was facing the challenge of his life, the bike industry and cargo bike advocates everywhere were looking around and asking: Is this it? Has the Era of the Cargo Bike arrived? 

Award-winning documentary editor and storytelling consultant Karen Everett writes: Like narrative films, documentaries are at their best when the protagonist’s object of desire and the movie’s central question are concrete and specific. Ross’ fate and the success of the cargo bike movement are intimately tied and easily identified. So it makes beautiful sense that LESS CAR MORE GO will use Xtracycle’s quest as the narrative train to take viewers through the past, present and future of the cargo bike movement, as captured by Co-Directors and me. 


Reason #1:

So, modern bike advocacy was formed in the 60’s and 70’s, by many of the same wise people behind the concurrent growth of environmentalism, right? But 50 years later, these movements have failed to appeal to the public at large and their great ideas have yet to truly sink into the mainstream consciousness. This is no surprise to urban mobility expert Mikael Colville-Andersen. In his interview for LESS CAR MORE GO he explained that the finger-pointing, guilt-tripping, and holier-than-thou tone typical of their messaging does not engage your average Joe, and instead encourages inherently exclusive subcultures of Avid Cyclists and Nature Lovers. (“You’re not a real cyclist, on that cruiser, in that skirt and heels...”)

Colville-Andersen goes on: 

Ownership of cycling--for almost an entire generation in some countries--has been claimed by the roadies, the Mountain Bikers, the recreationalists. But they don’t own the Bike! ...And they have nothing to do with mainstreaming bicycles. Let them ride their bikes and let them love it--it’s not about them anymore, it’s about the 99% who could be riding bikes, who maybe want to ride a bike, if they are given the right inspiration.

Colville-Andersen is changing the image of cyclists with the Cycle Chic movement and creating space for bikes through Copenhagenize Design Co.
Colville-Andersen is changing the image of cyclists with the Cycle Chic movement and creating space for bikes through Copenhagenize Design Co.

For these reasons, LESS CAR MORE GO will not be a sort of Inconvenient-Truth-on-two wheels; our message is urgent, to be sure, but cargo bikes are FUN! Our documentary will instead offer an accessible and exciting alternative to the lycra-clad, gear-obsessed archetype of the modern cyclist. The characters in the film are not showing off, competing or shaming anyone; they ride because it makes sense and it feels good. No scary climate-change messaging needed; all it takes is a test ride! 

When it was invented 125 years ago, the bicycle was meant for the common man and woman: it liberated women, it liberated the working classes, it impacted the gene pool positively...it was amazing stuff that happened, and that’s what’s happening again!        --Mikael Colville-Andersen

Emily Finch competes in the Portland Fiets of Parenhood event.
Emily Finch competes in the Portland Fiets of Parenhood event.

Reason #2:

The utility cycling explosion is, like this documentary, not about the bikes! Modern life is crazy-making, yes? Hyper-paced, high-tech, disempowering, overwhelming. The sort of cognitive dissonance created by living in a system we don’t control or necessarily believe in can leave us feeling boxed-in, worn-out and disconnected.

Get on a bike. Preferably one with the power to replace your car. Ideally carrying a passenger. Pedal. Breathe. Wave. Smell. Comment on the changing colors. Stop to chat. Sweat. Notice how your legs are moving two people where they need to go. Notice smiles. Smile back! Then smile to yourself. Congratulations, and welcome back. You are reconnecting; to your body, your community, your family and your environment. 

Like the first time you balanced on two-wheels, the freedom is intoxicating. Underlying all this is a calming awareness that you are simultaneously saving resources, money and (often) time, reducing traffic and emissions, and creating health and happiness. You are doing all these things, in public, everyday. We believe this is immensely powerful.

Josef Bray-Ali rides and sells cargo bikes at Flying Pigeon LA. He said it best: The night I assembled my Workcycles bakfiets in the autumn of 2007 and rode it home, I cried tears of joy. For me, the bakfiets was a release from the obligation most parents feel to trap themselves in minivans, traffic, stress, and health and happiness goals that are ‘unrealistic given our hectic schedule’. It was a middle finger to the entire 20th century pattern of sprawl, urban ruin, and over-investment in a car-only lifestyle.

Our Request:

Thus far the project been fueled by passion and funded by co-directors and myself. A successful Kickstarter campaign will sustain us through post-production and ensure that all this inspired work pays off. A documentary (especially a crowdsourced one) is really made in the editing. I will need time and some assistance to weave all these disparate elements into a coherent and exciting story.

Kickstarter funds will also pay for a handful of video equipment to be shared by co-directors, media storage drives, an assistant editor/producer, and travel to cargo bike hot spots in and possibly outside of the US. There will be other expenses like music and archival rights, motion graphics and color correction/finishing, DVD authoring and outreach, press and publicity.


The Rewards:

Because our goal is to grow the cargo bike community WHILE making this film, we’ve continued the theme of crowdsourcing and collaboration with rewards that allow you to get involved and become part of the team. Plus, cargo-carrying donations from over 10 different companies! Thank for supporting LESS CAR MORE GO!
 
 
                                            

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Click on this list to find out more about the LCMG Co-Directors!

Risks and challenges

LESS CAR MORE GO is a marathon of a project and will require patience and persistence. I've got to organize and edit a huge variety and amount of footage; I must constantly be in communication with many Co-Directors; I'll need to capture the right events in order to bring the film to a closing that convincingly demonstrates a real cultural shift. To make all this happen I will need not only to enlist committed Co-Directors, but also to find a great assistant editor/producer and summon a lot of focused energy.

It is easy to lose perspective when working on such an epic, long-term project, so I'll have to reach out to story consultants and documentary experts for feedback. My assistant editor/producer and I will have to be very organized and detail-driven as far as credit and rights issues.

As mentioned above, it is of the utmost importance that LESS CAR MORE GO avoid being pigeon-holed as a movie for cyclists. We'll have to work hard to be clear that we're talking about a lifestyle choice that makes sense on numerous levels and has the potential to bring health and happiness to millions!

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    The knowledge that you helped us reach Stretch Goal #2!: If we hit 1000 Backers, Metrofiets will give a cargo bike to a low-income family willing to try living car-free/car-lite, and I will film the result. This much-needed story will become part of our documentary.
    Also: a special place in the heart of every LESS CAR MORE GO Co-Director and myself!

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    LESS CAR MORE LOVE!!
    Riding Bikes = joy, health, community and $$ saved. Put a little of that into a film that will spread the word, and your name will be etched into a "Thank You Wall" on the website and appear in a Facebook "Thank You!" post.

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    Become a CO-PUBLICIST with a LESS CAR MORE GO DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT. Includes downloads of 4 graphics, 3 unique posters, and a spray-paint stencil to print out, duplicate and share to your heart's delight. (image below left) Be creative! Did you know cool stickers make cargo bikes go faster?!

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    As an official LESS CAR MORE GO SUPERFAN, you've earned an exclusive, KICKSTARTER-ONLY EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE of the film following the World Premiere. If you don't get it here and now, you will have to wait until after the film tour to get your own copy. (Also includes the LCMG DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT (above) by 5/14.)

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    Our old school stickers from the glory days captured in Less Car More Go. (image bottom left) Featuring slogans like: "Ride Loaded", "Single-trackin load haulin mama", etc. These were created back in 1998 when Xtracycle was more verb than noun. As in" "Dude! Let's Xtracycle that bike!" or "All of us Xtracycle'd over to Laughter's house." 14 sticky little pieces of history, these stickers remain an indelible statement of analog freedom and red and white rebellion in an ever more ironic and digital world.
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    YUBA HAT REWARD PACKAGE!
    Just...a very cool hat. See image below left.
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    YUBA CARGO STRAPS! Tie-down with steel buckle perfect for attaching boxes, surfboards, guitars, tools, and other bikes to your cargo bike.
    • each strap 9 feet (3 m.) long
    • industrial quality
    • 1 pair per pack
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    HOT Xtracycle hat, as seen on Ross Evan's head in recent videos. These are embroidered in Petaluma CA and make you look cool. (image below left) ALSO INCLUDES: an exclusive, KICKSTARTER-ONLY EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE of the film following the World Premiere, and the LCMG DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT.

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    Become a LESS CAR MORE GO CO-EDITOR! During post-production, you will receive EXCLUSIVE LINKS TO ROUGH CUTS FOR YOU TO CRITIQUE. Your feedback will help make the best, truly crowdsourced doc possible and your name will be listed as an EDITORIAL CONSULTANT in the film. Plus, when the film is complete you'll get the KICKSTARTER-ONLY EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE. (Plus the LESS CAR MORE GO DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT by 5/14.)

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    The LESS CAR MORE GO KLEAN KANTEEN Reward Package includes: a 27 oz brushed stainless steel Klean Kanteen water bottle featuring the fetching LCMG logo (image bottom left); an exclusive, KICKSTARTER-ONLY EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE of the film following the World Premiere, and the LCMG DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT (above, by 5/14)

    All Klean Kanteen products are made from high quality, 18/8, food-grade stainless steel that's totally free of BPA and other toxins. Info here: http://www.kleankanteen.com/products/classic/klean-kanteen-27oz-classic.php

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    XTRACYCLE HOODIE CARGO BAG
    One of the favorite Xtracycle cargo bags, now discontinued and its best element incorporated into the premier X2 bag design. The Hoodie offers 2 simple load pockets large enough to carry 2 cases of beer or 4 bags of groceries. Will come in red or grey as demand allows.
    ALSO INCLUDES: an exclusive, KICKSTARTER-ONLY EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE of the film following the World Premiere, and the LCMG DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT.
    Warranty - as is. No warranty provided on these discontinued bags.

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    CO-PRODUCER title: Your name listed as Co-Producer in the film, on the website AND on the cabin of director Liz Canning's cargo bike for all the world to see! Also includes the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE and LESS CAR MORE GO DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT (see above).

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    Get fully schwaged out, Xtracycle style. Includes 1 M Men's or Women's t-shirt, a matching hat (1 size fits most) and a party pack of 4 shot glasses with their own carry bag. Sorry, tequila not included.
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    The LESS CAR MORE GO MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL! Send me a photo of your favorite cargo-carrying Mom and I'll turn it into a fabulous SuperMom tribute poster! Created using a professional printer, on 19"x13" photo paper. I will email you the digital file before May 11; the print will arrive in the mail by May 20. ALSO included: your name listed as Co-Producer in film, on website AND on cabin of director Liz Canning's cargo bike. PLUS the the official LCMG head gear (image below left), the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE and LESS CAR MORE GO DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT (see above).

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    CO-PRODUCER title & LESS CAR MORE GO T-SHIRT: Your name listed as Co-Producer in the film, on the website AND on the cabin of director Liz Canning's cargo bike. PLUS the super hot LCMG TEE! (image left) Also includes the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE and LESS CAR MORE GO DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT (see above). GO GO GO!

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    CO-PRODUCER title & the LESS CAR MORE GO Trucker Hat: Your name listed as Co-Producer in the film, on the website AND on the cabin of director Liz Canning's cargo bike. PLUS the the official LCMG head gear (image below left). Also includes the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE and LESS CAR MORE GO DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT (see above).

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    Xtracycle LT SnapDeck + MiniMagicCarpet
    Handmade by Cemil Hope, a Baltic birch deck with built in load-hauling, passenger-carrying, and bike-surfing capacity. Installs/uninstalls in a flash with a resounding snap and no tools. Durable, beautiful and 100% MagicCarpet friendly. Made in California. (Image below left)
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    Enjoy 365 days of LESS CAR MORE GO with the LCMG CARGO PIN-UP CALENDAR! (image below left). Also includes a personal Thank You phone call from director Liz Canning, Co-Producer credit in film/on my bike, the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE, and LESS CAR MORE GO DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT (see above).

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    THE LESS CAR MORE GO YEPP MINI PACKAGE! Keeps your toddler so close, it is a magical way to share your first rides together!
    The Yepp mini is a snug front seat suitable for carrying kids from approximately 9 months to 3 years old (up to 33 lbs). Comes in a range of colors. Info: http://www.aikatrading.com/yepp/yepp-mini/
    ALSO INCLUDED in this reward package: Co-Producer credit, the KS-Exclusive EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE of the film, a LCMG T-shirt and the DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT, and a LCMG sticker. Shipping within the continental US included.

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    LESS CAR MORE GO FAN CLUB STARTER PACK:

    --DVD HARD COPY of the finished film

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    Own a visual tribute to the pioneers of the cargo bike movement in the form of a DELUXE PHOTO BOOK: "LESS CAR MORE GO: the birth and boom of the cargo bike." (See image below left) Plus, a personal Thank You phone call, Co-Producer credit in film/on my bike, the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE, and LESS CAR MORE GO DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT (see above).

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    2 GUEST PASSES to INTERBIKE 2015!!
    You and a friend attend the largest Bike Trade show in North America as official guests of Xtracycle. Be the first to see their 2015 line up in person, and spend September 10-12 at the indoor expo. http://www.interbike.com
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    A PRIVATE 1-HOUR STAND-UP PADDLE BOARD LESSON with Yuba founder and SUP champion, Ben Sarrazin!! Sarrazin recently won the O’Neill Tahoe Cup, a three-race standup paddleboard series held on Lake Tahoe. Lesson would happen in Petaluma or Marin CA. Image below left. More info: http://whatabikecando.com/yuba-wins-suprace/

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    THE LESS CAR MORE GO YEPP MAXI PACKAGE! This stable, comfy rear child bicycle seat is designed to carry children from approximately 1.5 years to 6 years of age (up to 48 lbs.). Mounts easily behind your bike seat, providing a smooth ride for your little one. Comes in a range of colors. Info: http://www.aikatrading.com/yepp/yepp-mini/
    ALSO INCLUDED in this reward package: Co-Producer credit, the KS-Exclusive EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE of the film, a LCMG T-shirt and the DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT, and a LCMG sticker. Shipping within the continental US included.

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    THE CARGO BIKE ROLL CALL PACKAGE! Discover the cargo bike scene in your town with the help of a guided tour by a LCMG Co-Director. He/she will show you the best routes and hot spots, concluding with a gathering of your fellow cargo cyclists at a local coffee shop or brewery. Refreshments on us. Also includes a LESS CAR MORE GO T-Shirt, TRUCKER Hat, and PHOTOBOOK, the DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT, KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE and Co-Producer credit in the film/on my bike!

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    A WEEKEND AT CHATEAU XTRACYCLE: 2 nights at the Xtracycle home-away-from-home work environment in Oakland, CA. Enjoy: the guest room with queen size bed and sleeping options for children; a full size trampoline; garden & barbecue; your choice of Xtracycle vehicles to compliment your stay and local travel. We will stock the fridge with great food and, per your schedule, arrange for an afternoon or morning hangout with team Xtracycle. The rest of the time, enjoy the amazing food in Oakland, tourist attractions in SF, the amazing riding in the North Bay, and more.

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    THE LESS CAR MORE GO Cargobike BOXTER TRIKE REWARD PACKAGE!! Generously donated by Cargobike, this trike features a durable pine wood weatherproofed polyurethane-finished box, a Nexus Inter 3 Shifting system, V brakes in all wheels, adjustable handlebar height, anti-rust alloy components and a dual parking brake. (image bottom left)
    ALSO INCLUDED in this reward package: Co-Producer credit, the KS-Exclusive EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE of the film, a LCMG T-shirt and the DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT, all dressed up with a LCMG sticker and bicycle bell. Shipping included. More info on this beauty here: http://cargobike.com.mx/detalle-producto.php?clave=cargobike-14

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    The LCMG Xtracycle FreeRadical Extension Kit!
    Own the product that started it all, designed by Ross Evans. (image bottom left) The FreeRadical 'Trucker' converts just about any bike into a pickup truck and includes the X1 FreeLoader Bags, V-Racks, RackLocks, 100% recycled (made in USA) FlightDeck, KickBack, WideLoaders, and a LongLoader. Great for carrying things like: lumber, ladders, surfboards, picnic coolers, toolboxes, firewood, loved ones.
    ALSO INCLUDES: an exclusive, KICKSTARTER-ONLY EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE of the film following the World Premiere, and the LCMG DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT.
    Assembly by bicycle mechanic recommended and can cost from $100-$200. 1 year warranty. Check compatibility with your bike before buying this product: http://www.xtracycle.com/freeradical-x1

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    LESS CAR MORE GO CARG BIKE Reward Package #4: John Lucas of Sacramento’s Cycle Trucks has donated a handmade, first of its kind, longtail cycle truck called the Beavertail. Designed and built by John, this beauty is made of steel and bronze fillet welded, and will be powder coated the color of your choice! (Technical details are below.) More info on John here: www.cycletrucks.com (slow loading)

    This reward package includes this handmade longtail, PLUS Executive Producer credit, the KS-Exclusive EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE of the film, a LCMG T-shirt and the DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT, all dressed up with a LCMG sticker and bicycle bell. Shipping within the continental US included. Back LESS CAR MORE GO and get a one-of-a-kind bike with front and rear integrated racks that together have successfully carried up to 600 lbs!!

    Beavertail specs: Weight of bike is 37 Lbs. Tires are 20"x 1.75" Over all wheel base 43" The standover height 22" Top tube length is 20” Bottom bracket height is 10 3/4" Rear rack length is 27" and width is 6" Front rack is 20" x 10" Cranks 170mm Rear hub Shimano Nexus 8 speed with roller brake. Front disk brake. Headset is FSA 1 1/8" threadless.
    Minimum seat height 19" (measured from center of bottom bracket) Maximum seat height 27" Maximum recommended load for the front rack 100 Lbs. (tested to over 200 Lbs.) Maximum recommended load for the rear rack 200 Lbs. (tested with over 400 Lbs.) Maximum recommended rider weight is 250 Lbs. The center stand is 13/1/2" wide and has a hydraulic gas spring.

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    The LCMG EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Bundle:

    --Executive Producer credit in film/on my bike

    --a VIP invitation to a screening in your area

    --DVD hard copy of the film

    --a LESS CAR MORE GO T-Shirt

    --LESS CAR MORE GO DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT

    --a personal Thank You phone call from director Liz Canning

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    The LESS CAR MORE GO OAK CLIFF FRONT LOADER Package!!!! Named "The Clyde," this bike's a work horse with a truck style box to haul heavy cargo. Featuring Sturmey Archer 8 speed internal gearing, alloy rims and spokes, and a strong, durable frame. (Image bottom left.)
    You get this super vehicle, PLUS Executive Producer credit, the KS-Exclusive EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE of the film, a LCMG T-shirt and the DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT, all dressed up with a LCMG sticker and bicycle bell. Shipping within the continental US included. Bike comes fully assembled and ready to roll!
    More info on this beauty here: http://oakcliffcargobicycles.com/2013/12/09/meet-the-clyde-the-new-truck-in-texas/
    Back LESS CAR MORE GO and get the Dutch-style long john experience, all at once!!

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    The LESS CAR MORE GO YUBA MUNDO Package!!!!
    The latest version of the popular Mundo Cargo Bike, customized by LCMG! (see image bottom left) You get this super vehicle dressed up with a LCMG sticker and bicycle bell, PLUS Executive Producer credit, the KS-Exclusive EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE of the film, a LCMG T-shirt and the DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT. Shipping within the continental US included. Assembly by bike mechanic required.
    More info on this beauty here: http://yubabikes.com/cargobikestore/cargobikes/65-mundo-21-speed-v40.html
    Back LESS CAR MORE GO and have the time of your life on the ever popular Yuba Mundo!!

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    The LESS CAR MORE GO Zigo Leader X1 Stroller Bike Reward Package
    The Zigo leader carrier bike converts from commuter bike to cargo bike to bike trailer, stroller, or baby jogger in a few seconds! (Image bottom left)
    When not in use, it folds flat and fits in your closet or the car trunk! This wonder retails for $1600, plus $200 for shipping. More info here:
    http://store.myzigo.com/Zigo_Leader_X1_Carrier_Bicycle_p/1ldr1aa.htm

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    The LESS CAR MORE GO TAGA BIKE PACKAGE!!
    Treehugger calls the Taga "A feat of engineering genius that converts from child- toting tricycle to stroller in 20 seconds flat” The LCMG Taga comes with their beautiful double wooden seat and a convertible sun & rain canopy. Holds two kids up to 52 lbs and 30lbs in bike mode. More info here: http://www.tagabikes.com/default.asp?lang=eng
    Check out the design awards the Taga has received: http://www.tagabikes.com/Quality.asp?lang=eng

    This reward package includes a LCMG sticker and bicycle bell (images bottom left), a LCMG T-shirt, Co-Producer credit, the Kickstarter-Exclusive EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE of the film and the DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT. Shipping within the continental US included.

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    THE LESS CAR MORE GO MADSEN CARGO BIKE PACKAGE!! Generously donated by Madsen Cycles, the kg271/BUCKET model comes with a 40 gallon cargo/passenger bucket including removable seating and seatbelts for four, SRAM X5 derailleur and shifters,Tektro Eclipse disc brake, swappable 38 and 44 tooth front chain rings and an integrated locking system! (Retail: $1750) This bike will arrive at your front door--just install front wheel, adjust seat and handle bar height and you are ready to ride! ALSO INCLUDED in this reward package: Co-Producer credit, the KS-Exclusive EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE of the film, a LCMG T-shirt and the DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT, all dressed up with a LCMG sticker and bicycle bell. Shipping within the continental US included. More info on this beauty here: http://shop.madsencycles.com/collections/2014-bikes/products/madsen-kg271-2013-black

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    SUPER CLASSY VIP TREATMENT:

    --A private screening and Q & A with the director and available Co-Directors (within the US; contact Liz to arrange outside of US)

    --Co-Producer credit

    --a DELUXE LESS CAR MORE GO photo book! (image below left)

    --the LESS CAR MORE GO DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT

    --DVD hard copy of the film

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    THE LCMG YUBA ELECTRIC BODA BODA REWARD PACKAGE!
    The Boda Boda is designed to carry cargo while also fitting almost anywhere--cars, transit racks, elevators, the subway--your 4th-floor walk-up! And this bike, the elBoda Boda, comes with a powerful Bionx electric assist motor and 6.6Ah battery. Image bottom left. More info: http://yubabikes.com/cargo-bikes/elboda/
    ALSO INCLUDES: an exclusive, KICKSTARTER-ONLY EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE of the film following the World Premiere, and the LCMG DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT.

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    BIKE INDUSTRY SPECIAL: Your company/shop logo featured in the credit sequence, on the website and on all marketing materials. We'll #hashtag your company name on our twitter updates and offer a choice of production stills for your use on social media. Plus, of course, the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE EARLY RELEASE, the LESS CAR MORE GO DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT, and a hard copy DVD of the finished film.

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    The LCMG EdgeRunnerTruck Reward Package!
    A new, white, 2014 Xtracycle EdgeRunner frame, custom modified by Seattle's CycleFab! The front 26" fork and wheel are replaced with a 20" wheel and a heavy duty rack that's affixed to the frame, like a midcentury butcher's bike. (Image bottom left)

    Not only that, this magical cargo beast will be built up with custom parts from G&O Family Cyclery! Winner will get to work with G&O on some specifics, but highlights include: a 3x9 drivetrain that combines nifty Shimano and shiny Sugino parts; classy, swept back handlebars; pedals and custom folded aluminum fenders.
    Also includes the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE and LESS CAR MORE GO DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT (see above).
    More info: http://www.haulincolin.com/racks.html
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    http://www.xtracycle.com/edgerunner/

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    The LCMG EdgeRunner 24D + BaFang Mid Drive Retrofit Kit!
    The Xtracycle EdgeRunner 24D (Freight or Family model—your choice) features Avid BB5 Mechanical disc brakes, an Acera 24-speed drivetrain, Schwable Big Ben tires and a full cro-moly frame and fork. More info: http://www.xtracycle.com/edgerunner#24d

    This ER will be powered by you AND the BaFang Mid-Drive electric assist, provided by Lectric Cycles with a 500W 36V 14.5Ah Li Battery. This powerful system takes advantage of the innate efficiencies of the EdgeRunner's smaller rear wheel and 8 speed rear cogset. Includes integrated power cut-off switches in brake levers for maximum rider safety. 52t chainring allows for smooth, assisted starts when loaded. Tested at Xtracycle headquarters for over 6 months.
    Also includes the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE and LESS CAR MORE GO DIGITAL PROPAGANDA KIT (see above).
    Assembly by electric bicycle mechanic recommended and may cost from $150-$300 or more. CAUTION: self-assembly of this product could void warranty, damage product and risk your safety. Included products may not come with assembly instructions. See product documentation for warranty terms.

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