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Special Urban Sustainability Forum with David Byrne: February 4, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
Philadelphia, United States
Cities, Bicycles and the Future of Getting Around:
A Special Urban Sustainability Forum with David Byrne
6:00 - 6:30; recpetion
6:30 - 8:30; program
David Byrne has been writing and performing music and directing video and film for more than 30 years. He was lead guitar player and singer for the Talking Heads, the innovative rock band which was inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
What might not be as well known is Byrne's passion for biking, and advocacy for bicycles in cities around the world.
His new book, Bicylce Diaries is an account of his urban bicylce odessey through the streets of Istanbul, Buenos Aires, London, Berlin, Paris, Belgrade, Sydney, Manila, New York, and San Fransisco. Byrnes has navigated New York City on his bicycle since the early 1980s, and often brings a folding bike on tour. Bicycle Diaries features beautiful photography, personal anecdotes from Byrne's travels, and a strong argument for the way a bicycle can change our interaction with the world on a daily basis.
David Byrne will be joined on stage by a local civic leader, a bicycle advocate, and an urban theorist. Together they will address the intersection between bicycle advocacy, urban planning, civic responsibility, and the pleasure derived from seeing the world from the vantage point of being on a bicycle.
How can Philadelphia become a more bicycle friendly city? How might the city change if more people made a bicycle their primary mode of transportation? Join David Byrne as he leads the panel in examining the bicycle's role in transforming the urban experience.
To learn more about Bicycle Diaries and David Byrne, go to:
This program was made possible by the organizations represented on the Urban Sustainability Forum Steering Committee.
When & Where
Center for Environmental Policy
The goals of the Center for Environmental Policy (CEP) at The Academy of Natural Sciences are to evaluate key issues of environmental policy, facilitate dialogues and decision-making on environmental topics, and inform the public from both an academic as well as practical perspective. The CEP will answer the need for a non-partisan, science-based organization that is capable of accessing and guiding a myriad of public and private stakeholders.
For more information on current CEP projects and initiatives, please see www.ansp.org/environmental/index.php