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"I fell in love with bicycling in 1990 while attending graduate school in Washington DC. Having grown up in suburban Dallas, Texas, I was used to driving everywhere. Informed that there was no parking available near my school, I borrowed my brother's 10 speed Schwinn. Within a few weeks, I was in the best shape of my life, and a lifelong love affair had begun. Since then, I have been a dedicated bicyclist for recreation, touring, exercise, and daily utilitarian trips. I have three children - ages 14 and 10 and 6 months – and see bicycling as a win-win strategy for maintaining my family's health, safety, budget, and community connection."
Mia Birk has spent her entire career creating active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities. She is President of Alta Planning + Design and Principal at Alta Bicycle Share, Inc. She is the author of Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, which 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. She has been at the forefront of numerous groundbreaking studies and organizations, and was a co-founder of Portland State University’s Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation and the Cities for Cycling Project and Urban Bikeway Design Guide of the National Association of City Transportation Officials.
Mia lives and rides with her three children in Portland, Oregon, where she was Bicycle Program Manager from 1993-1999.
Her career has included:
Mia with music legend David Byrne, author, Bicycle Diaries, and Jeff Mapes, author, Pedaling Revolution
photo credit: Jonathan Maus
Mia's company Alta Planning + Design creates active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities.
Mia with part of the excellent Alta Planning + Design team
Mia with the Alta Planning + Design Principals