An upcoming episode of the critically acclaimed PBS series “e²” will cover the Vélib bike share program in Paris, France. Vélib is an ambitious public-private initiative that encourages residents to forgo cars for bikes and public transportation. In the process, the program has fostered a unique popular culture, complete with its own language, jokes and pick-up lines. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe has undoubtedly taken heart: Its success has inspired cities like Rome, San Francisco and London to begin adopting similar programs of their own. The episode will premier online December 1, 2008.
e² is a critically acclaimed PBS series about the innovators and pioneers who envision a better quality of life on earth: socially, culturally, economically and environmentally. The third season visits Cairo, Melbourne, London, Paris, Seoul and more to interview luminaries such as acclaimed author Michael Pollan, His Highness the Aga Khan and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano.