Next Wednesday: Vélib on the Silver Screen


As if there’s not enough reason to be jittery with anticipation for next week’s events, mark this on your calendars:

Please join Janette Sadik-Khan, Transportation Commissioner of New York City, for the world premiere of Paris: Vélo Liberté from the critically acclaimed PBS series e²: the economies of being environmentally conscious.

The screening will be immediately followed by a discussion of metropolitan bike sharing programs with:

Denis Baupin, Deputy Mayor, Paris
André Lavallée, Mayor, Arrondissement de Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, Montréal
Janette Sadik-Khan, Transportation Commissioner, New York City

Paris became one of the world’s best bicycling cities practically overnight with the debut of Vélib last year. The system now boasts 20,000 bikes, 1400 stations, and 200,000 subscribers. Montreal is on track to have North America’s biggest bike-share system by next April (unless Washington D.C. quickly ramps up its network). And NYCDOT announced this summer that it will explore the feasibility of bringing bike-share to New York.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday on the 40th floor of 250 Greenwich Street (between Barclay and Vesey). RSVP to pyee @ dot . nyc . gov. Full details after the jump.

6:30 p.m. – Refreshments
7:15 p.m. – Film screening
8:00 p.m. – Panel discussion

The New York Academy of Sciences – Kayden Auditorium
7 World Trade Center / 250 Greenwich St. (bet. Barclay & Vesey Sts.), 40th Floor

Limited seating. RSVP is essential for entry. E-mail pyee @ dot . nyc . gov

If you can’t make the premier & screening, the program debuts November 6 on Channel 13.

Photo: malias/Flickr