Pedaling Toward A Healthier Planet

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CLICK HERE to download the first section fromJoyride

* New edition includes "50 Keys to Transforming Your Community," a detailed checklist for communities trying to adapt bike-friendly and more sustainable policies
* Successful in the first self-published edition, this new edition will now be available to book and outdoor retailers for the first time

Joyride tells the inspiring story of Mia Birk's twenty-year crusade to integrate bicycling into daily life. With only table scraps of funding, Birk led a revolution that helped grow Portland, Oregon, into the country's premier cycling city. She then hit the road, teaching communities how to incorporate cycling into their civic DNA to make their towns healthier, safer, and more livable. Through a panoply of hilarious and poignant stories, Birk takes readers on a rollercoaster journey of global andlocal discovery, while bringing into sharp focus some of the planet's most pressing and hotly debated energy and transportation issues, policies, shortcomings, and solutions. Her funny, touching, and instructive Joyride offers hope and experienced how-to advice to anyone interested in changing our world for the better--one pedal stroke at a time.

Publisher: Seattle : Mountaineers Books, [2012]
Edition: 2nd ed.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781594857607
Branch Call Number: 796.6 BIR
Characteristics: 267 pages: illustrations; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kurmaskie, Joe


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Apr 18, 2015

A sincere thank you to the librarian who decided to purchase this book and put it on the shelves at the Ottawa Public Library.

In Joyride, Mia Birk, with the assistance of Joe Kurmaskie, describes the techniques that she and a posse of dedicated colleagues and volunteers used to rebuild the streets of Portland. Their goal was to accommodate and encourage local cyclists. They spent a lot of grief and energy doing so, but over time, they became so successful that Portland has become a North American leader in safe and sustainable urban transportation practices.

In the narrative, Birk and Kurmaskie also describe Birk's post-Portland adventures as an international consultant on bicycling transportation.

While the writing is occasionally clunky, the subject matter is both empowering to urban travellers and of enormous practical value to the field of urban planning. The authors have worked hard to articulate and disseminate the diverse transformation strategies adopted by Birk and her colleagues. Included in the final pages are the authors' fifty keys for implementing pro-cycling urban landscapes, a transformation guide created by the League of American Bicyclists, and a Q and A with Ms. Birk regarding her recommendations for and insights into the future of urban cycling.

I'm feeling so inspired right now that I might just have to go for a bike ride.

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