David Byrne Comes to Uptown

Nice Ride Minnesota, the non-profit operator of the Twin Cities’ new bike share system, will host a panel of community artists, civic leaders and biking advocates discussing the future of transportation in the United States at a special “Policy and a Pint” event at the Uptown Theatre on June 17 at 7:00pm. The forum, “Cities, Bicycles and the Future of Getting Around,” will include Twin Cities author Jay Walljasper; musician, author and artist David Byrne; Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak; and Steve Clark, manager of the Twin Cities’ Transit for Livable Communities Walking and Bicycling Program. It will be moderated by 89.3 The Current host Steve Seel.

David Byrne, a founding member of the musical group The Talking Heads, will discuss his latest book, The Bicycle Diaries. Since the early 1980s, David Byrne has been riding a bike as his principal means of transportation in New York City. Two decades ago, he discovered folding bikes and started taking them on tour. Convinced that urban biking opens one’s eyes to the inner workings and rhythms of a city’s geography and population, Byrne began keeping a journal of his observations and insights. Bicycle Diaries recounts David Byrne’s adventures as he pedals through cities from Berlin to Buenos Aires, Istanbul to San Francisco, Manila to New York. Part travelogue, part journal, part photo album, Bicycle Diaries is an eye-opening celebration of seeing the world from the seat of a bike.

Signed copies of David Byrne’s book Bicycle Diaries will be available at the event.

“Cities, Bicycles and the Future of Getting Around” is part of the “Policy and a Pint” series, a collaboration of The Citizens League and 89.3 The Current, where important policy conversations are held in informal settings. Tickets are $10.00 and are available now at the Uptown Theatre box office and at the Minneapolis Commuter Connection, 220 6th Street South.