It’s Time For a Joyride – An Evening with Top National Bike Advocate Mia Birk!

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“Joyride” speaking tour

Mia Birk

Bicycle enthusiasts throughout the Southland are invited to enjoy a special evening with top national bike advocate, critically acclaimed author, and principal of Alta Planning + Design Mia Birk as she stops on her “Joyride” speaking tour in Long Beach on Thursday, December 15th from 5–8 p.m. The event includes an evening holiday bike ride, appetizers and wine, Mia’s lively presentation, and time for questions and mingling. The Joyride book is available for sale at Open bookstore for $19.95.

Mia is really looking forward to her bike ride and talk in Long Beach: “Long Beach is one of my favorite cities! After all, it claims to be ‘The Most Bicycle Friendly City in America.’ I love what it has been able to accomplish in the last few years and is hoping to accomplish in coming years. I expect to see Long Beach truly in the nation’s top tier of cities in short order, and I’m hoping my visit can contribute to the momentum and enthusiasm.”

The evening begins at 5 p.m. sharp with a holiday “joyride” from the new, state-of-the-art Bikestation at the 1st Street Transit Mall (223 E. 1st St. in downtown, conveniently located across from the Metro train station), to Open bookstore on 4th Street’s “Retro Row” (2226 E. 4th Street). Riders must have a front headlight on their bikes to participate in the ride. Wearing helmets and decorating bikes with holiday lights are encouraged. From 6–6:30 p.m. at Open, we’ll have appetizers, wine and mingling, from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Mia’s talk about making the U.S. bike-friendly, and then time for questions and more mingling! Bikestation is providing free bike valet in front of Open.

This event is a “friend” raiser and fund-raiser for the non-profit Bikeable Communities and its brand new initiative Women On Bikes SoCal, and the event is free for members. (Bikeable Communities membership is $35.00 per year; Women On Bikes SoCal $25.00 per year). For non-members the event is $10.00 per person. Memberships and tickets must be purchased in advance at: www.womenonbikessocal.org/mia-birk-event-dec-2011/. Existing members should RSVP to wobsocal@gmail.com or (562) 612-0197 ASAP. This event is limited to 65 people and will fill up quickly so reserve your place now!

About “Joyride” from Jeff Mapes Author of “Pedaling Revolution”
“Bicycling advocates know Mia Birk as one of the most important figures in America’s urban biking renaissance. And now she has produced a witty, poignant and often funny memoir detailing how she persuaded politicians, city bureaucrats and average citizens that bikes are a perfectly sensible form of transportation. You don’t need to ever mount a bike yourself to appreciate this story, which is really for anyone who ever wanted to understand how to make things happen in a modern American city, suburb or small town.”

About Mia Birk in Her Own Words
“I fell in love with bicycling in 1990 while attending graduate school in Washington DC. Having grown up in suburban Dallas, Texas, I was used to driving everywhere. Informed that there was no parking available near my school, I borrowed my brother’s 10-speed Schwinn. Within a few weeks, I was in the best shape of my life, and a lifelong love affair had begun. Since then, I have been a dedicated bicyclist for recreation, touring, exercise, and daily utilitarian trips. I have two children – ages 12 and 8 – and see bicycling as a win-win strategy for maintaining my family’s health, safety, budget, and community connection.”

This event is sponsored by Bikeable Communities, Women On Bikes SoCal, Bikestation, Green Octopus Consulting, Open, Jax Bicycle Center, and the Pedaler Society.

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