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 Initiative 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