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Go Bike Montréal Festival presents
“Cycling in Cities of the Future,” a talk by Gil Penalosa

Montreal, Thursday, May 14, 2015 – The car-centric lifestyle that has dominated our urban landscape for the past 50 years is outdated. Citing issues of health, quality of life and economic vitality, leaders of big cities around the world are coming to this conclusion and doing what they can to upend the status quo. With a bit of political goodwill, the possibilities are virtually endless.

This is the gist of the message Gil Penalosa will be delivering at his talk on May 28, as part of the Go Bike Montréal Festival. His presentation on “Cycling in Cities of the Future” will explore a number of thought-provoking questions: How can we foster a dynamic urban environment that is open and accessible to everyone, regardless of age and social status? How can we make cities more human scale? How can pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly infrastructure transform the cityscape and make urban living more appealing for everyone?

Gil Penalosa is the founder of 8-80 Cities, a non-profit organization based in Toronto that is dedicated to improving the quality of life in cities. He is a sought-after speaker with a knack for getting decision-makers and agents of change to dream and to embrace concrete solutions for making their cities better, more accommodating and more equitable. He is passionate about urban planning and sustainable mobility and is working with more than 150 cities around the world to shift the development focus back to the individual.

Mr. Penalosa holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and was named one of the Top 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians in 2013. In 2014, he received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Faculty of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at the prominent Swedish University SLU. As the former Commissioner of Parks, Sport and Recreation for Bogota, Colombia, he played an integral part in the much-celebrated transformation of the city’s public space in the 1990s.

The event will take place on Thursday, May 28, at 5 p.m.
at Moyse Hall Theatre, Arts Building, McGill University
(853 Sherbrooke Street West)
Free admission
In cooperation with the Trottier Institute


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

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About the Go Bike Montréal Festival
The Go Bike Montréal Festival is organized by Vélo Québec. The event is presented by Les Producteurs de lait du Québec, in collaboration with the Jean Coutu Group, with associate sponsors Gaz Métro, Desjardins Group, MEC, Provigo, TELUS and the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). Invaluable support is also provided by public partners the Ville de Montréal, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, Tourisme Québec, Tourisme Montréal and the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal.

About Vélo Québec 
Vélo Québec is a non-profit organization that has been a rallying force in the Quebec cycling community since 1967. Its mission is to promote the bicycle as an accessible means of transportation, recreation and tourism for all. Vélo Québec is recognized nationally and internationally as an authority on active transportation.

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

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