A witty, poignant memoir from one of the most important figures in America's urban bicycling renaissance. --Jeff Mapes: Author of Pedaling Revolution
Anyone interested in changing their life or community for the better is going to love Joyride.
It tells the story of how we transformed Portland into a livable, thriving cycling mecca and Mia Birk is the right person to tell it. --Earl Blumenauer, Member of Congress
Mia Birk helped shape remarkable transportation changes in Portland that have made it the #1 cycling city in the country. Joyride
is a great chronicle of the vision and tenacity that it takes to transform a city's mindset and infrastructure, and is a great handbook for those of us who want to bring change to our own cities. --Angela Hunt, Dallas, Texas City Council
About the Author
Mia Birk is the award-winning CEO and co-owner of Alta Planning + Design, a 72-person international firm dedicated to creating active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities. She has been involved across North America in hundreds of bicycle, pedestrian, trail, and Safe Routes to School plans, projects, and programs.
Mia Birk is also Adjunct Professor at Portland State University, where she co-founded the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation. She is a co-founder of the Cities for Cycling project of the National Association for City Transportation Officials and Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. She was the Portland Bicycle Program Manager from 1993-99, Transportation Program Manager at the International Institute for Energy Conservation from 1990-1993, and has a Masters Degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Birk lives in Portland, OR, with her two children ages 11 and 8. Bicycling is her main means of transportation, and a winning strategy for maintaining her family's health, safety, budget, and community connection.