In late August 2000, three friends (Manny Kivowitz, Toby Barraud & Ben Barraud) began work on what would become “Red Light Go”, a pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, tire-smoking look at the world of Alley Cat racing and the motivation of men and women who dare to race them.
For most bike messengers making a living is dangerous enough, but there is a tight-knit community that ride for more than their weekly paycheck. These messengers compete in street races called Alleycats. Speeding through busy streets without rules or sanction from the city, they ride without insurance and sometimes without brakes. These competitors risk their lives for seemingly meager prizes and the respect of fellow riders.
In this documentary, we take a wild ride alongside a select group of these hardcore New York City bike messengers. We get to know several of them through intimate portraits, and then follow them and their fellow riders in a series of harrowing races through the streets of New York City. Our story culminates with the annual and much anticipated Halloween night Alleycat, a long and brutal race through rush-hour traffic.
We followed this group for nearly 2 years, at work, on the streets, at home and even in prison.