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Go Bike Montréal Festival presents “Le virage vélo de Paris,” a talk by Christophe Najdovski

Montreal, May 16, 2016 - In connection with the Go Bike Montréal Festival, Vélo Québec is presenting “Le virage vélo de Paris” (Toward a More Bikeable Paris), a talk by Christophe Najdovski, the deputy mayor of Paris in charge of transport, mobility, roads and public space.

In recent years, Paris has become more proactive in embracing cycling and other forms of “gentle” mobility by allowing bicycles in bus lanes, launching the Vélib bicycle sharing system, promoting cycling along the banks of the Seine and a host of other initiatives. The success of these efforts, combined with last year’s record air pollution levels, has confirmed the strong demand and urgent need for more pedestrian- and cyclist-oriented urban space. Backed by its ambitious 2015–2020 Cycling Plan and a €150-million budget, Paris aims to become a world-class bicycle-friendly city and increase the mode share of cycling from 5% to 15%.

During his presentation, Mr. Najdoski will speak about the latest cycling-related developments in Paris and the objectives outlined in the Cycling Plan, which will fundamentally transform the French capital.
See you there!
Thursday, June 2, at 5:30 p.m.
Grande Bibliothèque Auditorium
(Corner of Berri and De Maisonneuve)
Free admission | Event in French

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 Desjardins Group, TELUS, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) and the Ville de Longueuil. Invaluable support is also provided by public partners the Ville de Montréal, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, Tourisme Québec and Tourisme 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.

For the Go Bike Montréal Festival press kit, go to :

For more information
Vélo Québec
Stéphanie Couillard
Media Relations Consultant
514-521-8356, ext. 358

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