Biking Portland: 55 Rides from the Willamette Valley to Vancouver , offers routes from downtown Portland along the river, into the greenways of the Tualatin basin, through the Clackamas countryside, and across the Columbia to destinations like Cedar Creek and Cape Horn. Each cycling route features turn-by-turn descriptions, mileage logs, photos, maps, and elevation profiles, while sidebars throughout the guide showcase Portland's rich biking heritage with fascinating anecdotes.
Contributors by Owen Wozniak. You might also like: 75 Classic Rides Oregon. The Mountaineers Helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Mountaineers Books An independent nonprofit publisher. Connect with the Mountaineers Community YouTube. Joyride has new context for me I met Mia Birk when she came to Bellingham for talks about urban cycling and city planning with bicycles and peds in mind about a year after My husband's bike accident.
Advocacy was strongly on my mind then, but I wasn't confident or comfortable enough to ride myself. Two years later, M is on track to ride every work-day this year, and I am in love with my new bicycle and my own personal cycling goals. Reading her book both reinforced and gave me new insight in Joyride has new context for me Reading her book both reinforced and gave me new insight into my own community and the organizations that I have begun to spend time with: like EverybodyBike! I found her stories filled with laughter, charm But I also celebrated her victories and successes! A recommended read, for sure!
Jun 28, Vanessa Wolf rated it really liked it. Very enjoyable read. Birk recalls her struggles in culture and climate as she battles for better streets for Portland.
This is another mis-named, but still good read, as technically, yes, it did make the planet healthier to get better biking conditions, but Birk battles more for a better city than a better planet. Though through her success she is able to do national work, but the emphasis here is not biking to make the planet healthier, but because, frankly, its fun. Birk recalls vividly the jo Very enjoyable read.
Birk recalls vividly the joy and feeling of freedom one has on a cycle, and the terror bad cycling conditions can induce. Until I read this I had no desire to ever go to Portland again, but I may give the city another shot. Birk gives great advice for the average cyclist to get involved, as well as methods for those in elected positions, to make their own streets safe and cycle-able. Birk's story is in and of itself enjoyable and her narration charming. Recommend it for not just cycling enthusiasts, but those casual bikers and cycling commuters.
Aug 31, Josh rated it really liked it. It was a fun book which gave a solid memoir of what Mia Birk has gone through among others to improve non-motorized transportation in Portland Oregon. I only read the book because it was given to me free of charge at the Bicycle and Pedestrian Conference I attended, however was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
I read it in less than a week which is great for me. Mia's flare and real life take on challenging issues was fun. I especially like how she brings real characters to life t It was a fun book which gave a solid memoir of what Mia Birk has gone through among others to improve non-motorized transportation in Portland Oregon. I especially like how she brings real characters to life through her involved descriptions of how they look.
I would love it if America was more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. Portland reminded me of my sweet time in Germany. Good times. Good memories Oct 20, Ethan rated it liked it. If you have any concern about finding a path out of the car-centric reality we've created in this country, Mia's account of the hopefully early stages of Portland's bicycle renaissance is a must read.
As a resident who has watched some of the ups and downs of that journey from the the relative outside, her glimpse inside the bureaucracy, personalities and history of our city's transformation are fascinating. Hopefully Portlanders who read this book will see reason for resolve to see the work f If you have any concern about finding a path out of the car-centric reality we've created in this country, Mia's account of the hopefully early stages of Portland's bicycle renaissance is a must read.
Hopefully Portlanders who read this book will see reason for resolve to see the work furthered, and those from more challenged locales will be inspired and realize how small steps can lead to big change and there is good reason for optimism. View 2 comments.
Jan 05, Katie rated it it was amazing.
The title of this book is misleading as to what it's actually about: a memoir by the woman who held the job of Bicycle Coordinator for the City of Portland during its decades of rebirth as America's 1 cycling city. For two decades, Mia Birk had a hand in every piece of bike-related change in Portland, from lane striping and bike boxes on roadways to creating events like Sunday Parkways, the Bridge Pedal, and Bike to Work Day. It's a fascinating read for Stumptown locals and cyclists, or those o The title of this book is misleading as to what it's actually about: a memoir by the woman who held the job of Bicycle Coordinator for the City of Portland during its decades of rebirth as America's 1 cycling city.
It's a fascinating read for Stumptown locals and cyclists, or those of us who are both. Oct 12, Howrad rated it really liked it. I really loved Joyride. It adds an iterative history and grittiness to Portland's bike-friendly evoluation, which makes bike-friendly infrastructure an easier sell here in TX when I explain that Portland wasn't always a two-wheeled mecca. Aug 24, Jodi rated it really liked it Shelves: bicycles. This book is both inspiring and disheartening. Birk's Joyride is a real world example of how incremental change can be.
Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet by Mia Birk
I say disheartening because it is sad that bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure is still so lacking after people like Birk have been fighting for it for years. At the same time, it is an inspiration because those small efforts do make a difference. I wish more city planners, highway department employees, etc. Aug 22, Michael rated it liked it. Like Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, the writing was not quite my style.
Yet, I got an incredible amount out of each of them. Birk was the bike planner in Portland during the s, when the city's bike infrastructure took off.
Her influence is everywhere in the city. I particularly liked the section on her work with Dallas, Texas. I expect I will face many of the same challenges as she did when I return to the South. Underlying theme: you have to fight like hell to bring change to this world.
Sep 18, Linda rated it really liked it. If you want to know how Portland Oregon got to be so bike-friendly a town, you need to read this book. Chock full of story after story of how Mia shaped the city's bureaucracy to accommodate the bicyclist.
Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet
Check out this review by BikePortland. As Mia says, "Enjoy the ride! Jun 01, Stasia rated it it was amazing. This was a great and inspiring overview of Portland's journey to bike friendliness. Of course, biking is of special interest to me, but even if you're not so into the two-wheeled transportation, it's a great look at how cultural and legal change happens, even in a system mired in bureaucracy.
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I'm ready to go save the world now:. Nov 04, Glen Coblens rated it it was amazing. A great read, taking you through the history of how Portland became the 1 bicycle city in the United States. Enlightening stories documenting the challenges and a fantastic "how-to" lesson on courage and persistence. Truly enjoyed the book. Dec 05, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: biking , ill. I don't read many business or political books, so the ins and outs of persuading people to make transportation changes was new and compelling. If you're interested in bike advocacy, I recommend "Pedaling Revolution" too.
Jan 24, Doug rated it it was amazing. Inspirational, humorous and witty look at the years of hard work that has been done by many to 'pave the way' for us to get out on our bikes more often - with the positive results of healthier bodies and happier communities. Nov 06, fool rated it really liked it. Aug 06, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: own , planning-transportation. A fun, easy read that chronicles the first 20 years of the American bicycle renaissance, from the perspective of one of its principle architects. Jan 25, MaryAnn rated it really liked it.
Really enjoyed this book and learned so much.
Warning, if you aren't riding a lot already, you will crave riding more than ever! Apr 30, Christopher rated it liked it. Not a whole lot new if you follow cycling developments, but some interesting history to how Portland became a bike-friendly city hint: it's due to Mia Birk's hard work. A book that inspires. Feb 25, Chris Ringer rated it really liked it. The writing is a bit campy, but that is vastly overshadowed by the great content. A must-read for anyone interested in making their community more cycle-friendly. Mark rated it it was amazing Nov 29, Mohosana mohosanakatun mohosanakatun rated it really liked it Jan 16, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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