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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204


December 29, 2010Mia Birk's 'Joyride'

Earlier this year, Portlander and nationally-known transportation expert Mia Birk debuted Joyride, her account of two decades spent helping make Portland the top cycling city in America. Nick was proud to attend her book release party this summer during, appropriately, a Sunday Parkways event.

In today's Willamette Week, Brett Campbell reviews her book, which "artfully mixes personal history and facts to create a candid, compelling memoir."

"Newbie Portlanders who take for granted our wonderful Eastbank Esplanade and hundreds of miles of bikeways will learn just what a struggle they took to achieve," Campbell writes, "while others can take inspiration from the story of how an idealist with persistence and flexibility can change a city literally from the ground up."

Powell's will host Mia next Tuesday, January 4, at 7:30 pm - from what we know of her, it's sure to be a lively, intelligent, and interesting conversation!