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. Through a panoply of hilarious and poignant stories, Birk takes readers on a 20-year rollercoaster 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.

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"Joyride" is an engaging tale of hope, change, and the fact that it's okay to be a little bit ahead of your time."
Jonathan Simmons, Boston Globe

"Read Joyride, lived and loved every confrontation and success!"
James Holden, Franklin PA

"Joyride has had a profound impact on my life."
Bari George, Newport, RI

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In the second edition of Joyride Mia focuses the broad information covered in her book into the: 50 Keys to Transforming Communities and Empowering People, One Pedal Stroke at a Time.

1. Look beyond the bike: bicycle transportation succeeds best when combined with investments in compact development, transit, and walking. Engage in and support various efforts to help shape your sustainable community.
2. Develop and adopt a robust, visionary, comprehensive bicycle transportation plan. Use the planning process to engage your community in a deep conversation about the future of transportation.


Mia's Appearance

EcoCities Summit, Portland, OR
May 7th

Doable Cities Conference, Chicago IL. Sponsored by 8-80 and the Knight Foundation
June 16th

Active Transportation and Health Summit, Salt Lake City
August 19th

Washington State Trails Conference, Bellingham, WA
October 17th

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Order your copy of Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, 2nd Edition, now! Includes updated material, readers guide, author interview & 50 Keys to Transforming Communities and Empowering People, One Pedal Stroke at a Time.

Published by Mountaineers Books. Available November 29th, on-line, in bookstores, libraries, and in various e-versions. Also available at Mountaineers Books: http://www.mountaineersbooks.org/

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Joyride proceeds support non-profit groups engaged in creating active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities.

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