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2013 Inaugural Lecture

Growing a World-Class Cycling Culture:
Lessons from Québec

Jean François Pronovost, Vélo Québec

Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, Portland State University

The Intitiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation is pleased to welcome Jean François Pronovost for the inaugural Ann Niles Transportation Lecture. Pronovost is vice president, development and public affairs for Vélo Québec, where he works on the focus, strategy and development of new projects and partnerships.

From 1989 to 2010, he was the executive director of the association division of Vélo Québec. In 1992, he acted as Chief Organizer of the first world-wide conference on bicycling, the Conférence Vélo Mondiale Pro Bike•Velo City, in Montréal. The Technical Handbook of Bikeway Design is among the many technical publications he has edited. Since 1995, he has been involved with the development of the Route Verte, a 5,000-kilometer bike route across Québec, and with the launch of several active transportation initiatives in collaboration with municipalities and the school network.

Trained as a biologist, Pronovost has worked as a nature guide, journalist and television commentator. He has also authored numerous books on hiking, cycling, and science. Over the last 25 years, he gave several lectures and presentations for several international audiences in Canada, in the United States and in Europe.

Inaugural Ann Niles Transportation Lecture

  • When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2013
  • Where: Lincoln Recital Hall, Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, 1620 S.W. Park Ave.
  • Admission: Free and open to the public, but space is limited to 240 people. 

The Ann Niles Transportation Lecture Endowment supports this lecture. Philip Niles created the endowment through a gift to IBPI in memory of his late wife, Ann. The Ann Niles Transportation Lecture brings world-class thinkers on pedestrian and bicycle issues to Portland State University for the benefit of students, faculty and the greater community. More information on Ann Niles and the endowment are at: http://www.pdx.edu/ibpi/the-ann-niles-transportation-lecture-series

IBPI is a program of OTREC at Portland State University. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Portland State Univerity School of Music.