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It's 1993, and I start this new job: bicycle coordinator for the city of Portland. "Bicycle Coordinator?" says my Texas family. "What the heck is that and why don't you get a real job like your brothers?" I had no idea then that it would be such a challenge or have such an impact on me, the City, and the nation. But nearly twenty years later and twenty pounds lighter, I can tell you this: it's been quite a ride, a joy ride. For less than the cost of one mile of urban freeway, for less than one percent of Portland's transportation budget, we have created a city where thousands of people can and do choose bicycling as a normal, everyday means of transportation. We have more money in our pockets. We are fitter. Our kids arrive by foot or bike at school energetic and ready to learn. We are less stressed. We are more free.

I have worked to spread this message far and wide, all across North America. From the small towns to the suburbs to the large cities and ex-urbs, even to my hometown Dallas TX, we have been finding ways to make communities more human, healthy, safe, and splendid. Joyride is about change — about creating healthier communities and improving our health. It's about the people behind the scenes, the battles we fought, our successes and failures. Today, as we face the undeniable and horrific consequences of our addiction to driving — the unrelenting Gulf of Mexico oil spill, air pollution, traffic crashes, and obesity, asthma, diabetes, stress, and other diseases directly tied to our sedentary, auto-oriented lifestyles, Joyride offers hope, for a brighter future for us all.

Enjoy the ride!

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cycling enthusiast, December 26, 2010 (view all comments by cycling enthusiast)
Cycling is a fun way to stay fit. Having a city and outlying areas around Portland condusive to riding provides the way of life to have cycling fit into your daily routine. Mia has worked hard so that we have a healthy way of life by cycling.
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Little Mermaid, October 27, 2010 (view all comments by Little Mermaid)
Mia Birk is an determined and incredibly accomplished woman. She's an inspiration to anyone interested in changing the minds, and architecture, of the world around them. This story of how she spearheaded the bicycle infrastructure in Portland, OR (and then shared the tools and wisdom across the nation) is fascinating, and a must have for anyone interested in urban planning.

Thank you, Mia, for all your hard work!
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Pedaling toward a Healthier Planet
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