Transit and bike activists are creative folks. More and more young, car-eschewing millennials are making their case in amateur music videos. The result is funnier and more imaginative than anything you’ll find on basic cable.
Check out this one from the University of Michigan. Production value, casting, script — this video is almost too good. Extra points for creative use of puppets and originality in drawing on the tradition of the Broadway musical:
Now, here’s one that’s a little more serious. Produced by East Oakland’s Youth Uprising, it makes the case for East Bay Bus Rapid Transit, which was approved by Oakland City Council just last month. These kids have some real musical chops and pretty great picture quality and lighting.
Next, Houston’s The Transit Boyz — Ch-Chilly Chad, Jack Jack and Cool Hand Liam — are clearly bound for great things. These elementary students (with suspiciously post-pubescent voices) have starred in multiple music videos, styled after the Beastie Boys, proclaiming their love for transit.
Is one of these boys the next Justin Beiber? They’re awfully cute. Ch-Chilly Chad says his favorite color is blue and Cool Hand Liam says his hobby is “eating chocolate.” And we have to give them props for including puppets, as well as a dancing panda.
Although rap videos are clearly hard to beat, alternative rock is not to be completely unrepresented in our musical tributes to sustainable transportation. Gothamist carried four video odes to New York’s G Train, procuded as part of a contest by a Brooklyn bar.
We think this girl is sweet. Plus, it’s the first video we’ve seen that was actually recorded inside public transportation.
And finally, not strictly a music video — but a fine video montage (set to music!) from the folks pushing for Atlanta’s transportation referendum. They lost the vote, but they won ours hearts with this clever production. Love the clips from Breaking Away. Classic!
So, transit loving filmakers, what lessons can we draw from this? Make your next transit or bike campaign creative and dial up the awareness by generating viral hits. Also, make sure you have a puppet or two on hand.