David Byrne hosts “Bike Advocacy and the Urban Environment”
With guests David Chiu, Leah Shahum and Mike Teitz
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 | HERBST THEATRE, 8PM
David Byrne has been writing and performing music and directing video and film for more than 30 years. He was mastermind and lead singer and guitar player for the Talking Heads, the innovative rock band, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. What might not be as well known is Byrne’s longtime passion for biking and advocacy for bicycles in cities. He’s written a new book, Bicycle Diaries, an account of his urban bicycle odyssey through the streets of Istanbul, Buenos Aires, London, Berlin, Paris, Belgrade, Sydney, Manila, New York and San Francisco. Byrne has gotten around New York on a bike since the early 1980s, and often brings a folding bike on tour. Bicycle Diaries features beautiful photography, personal anecdotes from Byrne’s wide travels and a strong argument for the way a bicycle can change our view of the world and the city in which we live.
David Byrne will be joined on stage by David Chiu, the President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; Leah Shahum, the Director of the San Francisco Bike Coalition; and Mike Teitz, Director of the Economy Program, a Senior Fellow, and former Director of Research at the Public Policy Institute of California. Together they will address the intersection between bicycle advocacy, urban planning, civic responsibility, and the pleasure of seeing the world from the vantage point of a bicycle.