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Mia Birk to present in Syracuse 11/18.

Posted by Steve Reiter on November 17, 2010

Mia Birk, who is presenting at the Active Transportation Symposium in Ithaca this weekend, will be speaking at ESF on Thursday evening.  All are invited.
Mia Birk, Principal and CEO
Alta Planning + Design


Joyride: Transforming Communities and Empowering People, One Pedal Stroke at a Time
Thursday, November 18, 2010
5:15 p.m.
409 Marshall Hall


Please join us on Thursday afternoon for a presentation by Mia Birk, author of Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet.  A dedicated bicyclist, Ms. Birk is an international environmental advocate who has twenty years of experience in “sustainable transportation focused on pedestrian, bicycle, trail, and greenway planning, design and implementation”.   Her firm, Alta Planning + Design which employs a staff of 60 in 7 offices nationwide, specializes in bicycle, pedestrian, and trail planning, design, and implementation.


After completing her BA in Government and French at the University of Texas she received her M.A. in International Relations & Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, Bologna, Italy and Washington, DC.  In her position as Adjunct Professor at Portland State University (PSU) she founded their Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI).
For more information on Ms. Birk and her work please visit

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Active Transportation Symposium in Ithaca November 18-20

Posted by Steve Reiter on November 11, 2010

Mia Birk is coming to Ithaca for the Active Transportation Symposium on November 18-20.

Mia is CEO of Alta Planning + Design, co-founder of the Institute for Bike and Pedestrian Foundation, adviser to the Post Carbon Institute, author of Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, and former Bike Program Manager of Portland, Oregon.

Mia has been a lifelong advocate for bicycle infrastructure, and has pushed forward many of the most dramatic streetscape changes in the nation.  Alta Planning + Design has partnered with Syracuse, NY to plan and inform bicycle developments, and her mission of transforming roads to accommodate daily cycling for transportation, fitness, sustainability, and recreation is directly in line with BikeCNY’s mission.

I hope you can find your way down to Ithaca for all or part of this symposium.

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