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Two talks bring bike smarts from Montreal and Boston

Posted by on July 24th, 2013 at 9:45 am

Phil Goff and Jean-François Pronovost

If “the Portland high five” is patting yourself on the back, the surefire cure is to get a taste of the exciting things other cities are up to. Two experts on bike infrastructure are coming to share some of that wisdom with Portland for free, one next week and one next month.

Next month’s speaker is from arguably the best bike city in North America: Montreal. Jean-François Pronovost of Vélo Québec will share his lessons from Canada about “growing a world-class cycling culture” as part of the first in a major new series of transportation lectures sponsored by the Portland-based Institute for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation.

Pronovost, who works for the Montreal advocacy group as vice president for development and public affairs, was trained as a biologist but built a career around bikes, organizing a major 1992 bike conference and then leading the charge for what became La Route Verte, the continent’s longest bike route, with the help of an $88.5 million government investment.

The Pronovost lecture is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug 26, in Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall at 1620 SW Park Ave. Space is limited to 240 people.

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  • Paikikala July 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Portland has about 133 square miles and a population of ~584k. Boston has 45 square miles and population of 640k (2010). It matters how you measure stuff, particularly if combining two or more variables.

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  • Josh G July 24, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    ERROR: the Aug 26 talk at PSU is from 6:30-7:30

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