Bike Away

Just as Justin Timberlake did with sexy, activists are bringing cycling back. Alternative transportation is gaining a toehold among the masses, and Beau Baker, who manages the Clean Commute Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is adding some cinematic inspiration to the hopeful trend. This semester, the Clean Commute Film Series includes flicks about bikes. Tonight’s is Breaking Away. In the 1979 film, a gangly Indiana kid nearly drives his family to string him up with wet spaghetti noodles when he starts to eat, speak and even sing Italian in obsessive homage to his professional cycling idols. The heartwarming story about homegrown athletes testing their limits in a local bike race garnered a handful of Oscar nominations. So pedal over to Room 147 of University Center (5000 Holmes) at 7 p.m. The movie, popcorn and post-film discussion are free.

Wed., Feb. 25, 7 p.m., 2009