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'Bikes vs. Cars' Wages the Wrong War

A review of Fredrik Gertten's new documentary.
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Toronto politician Rob Ford is always good for a laugh, if only in recognition of how far humanity still has to go, and the clips of him in the new documentary Bikes vs. Cars don't disappoint on this count. The former mayor is seen telling his fellow public officials that cyclists are a "pain in the ass to motorists," and that the city shouldn't build bike lanes because "we don't live in Florida," and—here's where the laughs turn into sighs—when a bike rider gets hit by a car "it's their own fault." At one point he says, without irony, "The war on the cars stops today."