"Bicycling advocates know Mia Birk as one of the most important figures in America's urban biking renaissance. And now she has produced a witty, poignant and often funny memoir detailing how she persuaded politicians, city bureaucrats and average citizens that bikes are a perfectly sensible form of transportation. You don't need to ever mount a bike yourself to appreciate this story, which is really for anyone who ever wanted to understand how to make things happen in a modern American city, suburb or small town."
--Jeff Mapes, author of Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists are Changing American Cities
Mia Birk's new book Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet tells the dramatic and enlightening behind-the-scenes story of how a group of determined visionaries transformed Portland into a cycling mecca and inspired the nation. ( See the YouTube trailer )
Through a panoply of hilarious and poignant stories, Birk takes readers on a 20-year roller coaster journey of global and local discovery and education, while bringing into sharp focus some of the planet’s most pressing and hotly debated energy and transportation issues, policies, shortcomings, and solutions.
Mia Birk is President at Alta Planning + Design, with 20 years experience in sustainable transportation focused on pedestrian, bicycle, trail, and greenway planning, design and implementation. She is the author of the groundbreaking book, Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet (Cadence Press, 2010), described as “A witty, poignant memoir from one of the most important figures in America’s urban bicycling renaissance.” Jeff Mapes, author, Pedaling Revolution.
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