The Rise of Oakland Scraper Bikes and the Demise of Used Cars in Alameda

A few weeks ago we stumbled across this amazing video of the Scraper Bike phenomenon in Oakland, which we’ve also documented in this Streetfilm by John Hamilton. In the California is a Place film "Scrapertown," filmmakers Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari give you another look at Baby Champ and the work he is doing to promote bicycles and community in East Oakland.

I also liked the film below with Alameda used-car salesman "Big Vinny" as he describes the malaise affecting him in his line of work.

And be sure to check out the California is a Place website for more of their great work.

  • Jeffrey W. Baker

    Watched all five of their short films on vimeo yesterday after Gruber linked it on daringfireball. Worth watching them all, in my opinion.

  • Just watched them also, agreed.

  • Those are some great looking bikes. Someone needs to set Baby Champ up in business with his own little green community bike shop. I bet a lot of people on this site would donate to help see it happen.

  • Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    Scraper Bike movement could be one of the biggest most positive new bike movements ever!

    Glad to see. Nice video. Glad to see Hamilton was ahead of the curve….his film is racking up some new hits today. Over 8K now!

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