Pearson Constantino was preparing to fulfill his lifelong dream of bicycling across the United States when he was hit from behind by an SUV. Despite his helmet, Pearson suffered serious and permanent injuries including a shattered femur, a crushed vertebra, and a head injury. The Long Bike Back, a feature length documentary, follows his grueling recovery and his inspiring ride across America with his brother, Pete, advocating for road sharing and improved bicycle infrastructure and legislation.
Many in the New York Bicycle Coalition may remember riding with Pearson and Pete into Albany on Route 20 or attending the presentation and reception sponsored by NYBC at the Upstate Artists Guild. Both these scenes made it into the final cut of the film, as did a scene from the 2008 Legislative Bike Breakfast and ride around Albany. The Long Bike Back
is now fully edited, but we need some help with the cost of the final technical processes
(color correction and sound mixing) so that we can release the film this summer. So we’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign: http://igg.me/at/lbb
Please consider contributing (there are perks, like a DVD, soundtrack, photo book, and more) and sharing the link with your friends and followers.
Here’s the film’s trailer, which illustrates Pearson’s spirit, the mission, and some of the amazing miles of cycling he and Pete covered