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Mia BirkOver ten million Americans consider themselves active bicyclists. Another 45 million ride bikes recreationally. Together, that’s a whole lot of folks who directly demonstrate the viability of two-wheeled transportation.

Today, I'd like to welcome as an adviser to PCI the amazing Mia Birk, Chief Executive Officer and Principal at Alta Planning + Design. Mia is also Adjunct Professor at Portland State University, where she co-founded the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation in the College of Urban Studies. She was the City of Portland Bicycle Program Manager from 1993-99, where she was a huge part of the city's transformation from auto-centric sprawl to a national model of bike-friendly urban development. As a consultant, she has been involved in hundreds of bicycle, pedestrian, trail, and greenway plans across North America. Mia is a co-founder of the Cities for Cycling project of the National Association for City Transportation Officials.

We very much look forward to working with Mia and her team at Alta Planning + Design. We expect them to inform our efforts moving forward so that they more fully incorporate the requirements and advantages of bicycle and pedestrian transport.

Check out this brief summary of Mia's Portland success story, which we included as bonus online material for The Post Carbon Reader. It's excerpted from her wonderful book, Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, a book we highly recommend. For a signed copy, order it directly from Mia.

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