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Go Bike Montréal Festival Presents "21st Century Cities Must Think Biking”, a lecture by Philippe Crist

Montreal, Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – For Vélo Québec, cities committed to sustainable mobility will have to take concrete measures to increase the global cycling share over the coming years. This message, traditionally reserved for certain interest groups, is now being relayed by prestigious international institutions that have the power to directly influence the agenda of the world’s major players. One of these institutions is the International Transport Forum, an inter-governmental organization within the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development).

In a lecture entitled “21st Century Cities Must Think Biking”, Philippe Crist, economist and researcher for the International Transport Forum, will give us his perspective: "In the context of escalating road traffic, the city of the 21st century will function smoothly only if it effectively combines biking and public transit to meet the needs of today's users." Philippe Crist will base his lecture on the research report to which he just recently contributed, Cycling, Health and Safety, which highlights the benefits of cycling for health and efficient urban commuting.

The event will be held on Wednesday, May 28, at 11 a.m.
at the Auditorium de la Grande Bibliothèque
(475 de Maisonneuve Blvd. East)
Free admission | Lecture in French

This lecture is an initiative of Vélo Québec, as part of the Go Bike Montréal Festival, presented by Le Lait in cooperation with Jean Coutu.

About the Go Bike Montréal Festival
The Go Bike Montréal Festival is produced by Vélo Québec. Presented by the Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec, in collaboration with the Jean Coutu Group, the event also relies on its associate sponsors, which include Gaz Métro, Desjardins Group, Provigo, MEC, TELUS and the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). As for its public partners, the Go Bike Montréal Festival has the invaluable support of the City of Montréal, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, Tourisme Québec, the Fonds vert, Tourisme Montréal and the Direction de santé publique de l’Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal.

About Vélo Québec 
Vélo Québec, a non-profit organization, has been rallying the Quebec cycling community together since 1967. Its mission is to promote the bicycle as a means of transportation, recreation and tourism for everyone. Its expertise is recognized in Canada and throughout the international cycling community.


Stéphanie Couillard
Media Relations Consultant
Vélo Québec
514 521-8356, ext.: 358
Cell: 514 942-0743

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