Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-12-01
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books

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Joyride tells the inspiring story of 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 and local 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.

Author Biography

Mia Birk is president of Alta Planning + Design, focusing on sustainable transportation planning, design, and implementation; principal at Alta Bicycle Share, Inc.; and adjunct professor at Portland State University, where she co-founded the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation. She and her husband and three children live and ride in Portland, Oregon. Learn more at www.miabirk.com and www.altaplanning.com. Joe Kurmaskie is the best-selling author of Metal Cowboy, Momentum Is Your Friend, and Mud, Sweat and Gears. He contributes to Bicycling Magazine, Men's Journal, and the New York Times.

Table of Contents

Second Edition: The Making of Joyridep. 9
Forewordp. 14
Prologue: Nine Brothers in a Boxp. 16
Training Wheelsp. 19
Reality Checkp. 21
Cleopatra Opens Her Eyesp. 31
Breaking Awayp. 39
Go Like Hellp. 45
Build It and They Will Comep. 49
Wheel-and-Pony Showp. 51
Viva la Revolution!p. 61
Ask for Forgivenessp. 63
All News Is Good Newsp. 69
So, Sue Me Alreadyp. 73
No Free Parkingp. 79
Painting the Town Bluep. 87
Walk on Waterp. 95
Bridge the Gapp. 101
The Devil's in the Detailsp. 107
Broken Glassp. 109
All Aboard!p. 115
The Straw That Broke the Camel's Backp. 121
Be the Bikep. 129
Plant Seeds and a Garden Will Growp. 133
Slugfestp. 135
Cubicle Charmp. 139
Enjoy the Ridep. 143
Touching Soulsp. 149
Let the Rain Come Downp. 155
Zen and the Art of Bicycle Maintenancep. 159
Metal Cowgirlsp. 163
Bike to the Futurep. 169
Spreading the Lovep. 173
Cockroachesp. 175
Biggest Bang for the Buckp. 181
Learning the Ropesp. 187
Hope in the Burbsp. 191
Sharrowsp. 195
Bicycling Homep. 203
A Long and Winding Pathp. 213
Imaginep. 215
Redemption in Blue, Part Onep. 219
Redemption in Blue, Part Twop. 225
Boxesp. 227
The Giftp. 241
Patience and Faithp. 245
Joyridep. 251
Fifty Keysp. 257
Resourcesp. 260
Q&A with Mia Birkp. 264
Acknowledgmentsp. 268
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