Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 5th, 2007 at 8:08 am
Alta — who is currently working with PDOT on an update to Portland’s bike master plan — has been hired for the four-month project.
According to Alta principal (and former PDOT bike coordinator) Mia Birk, the Sheik of Dubai is very interested in promoting health and fitness among his people. Dubai, like many highly prosperous Arab nations, is facing rising rates of heart disease and obesity.
(Photo: Asghar Khan/Gulf News
The contract was landed by Alta principal Michael Jones, who works from the company’s Berkeley, California office. Jones and other company reps (from New York and Los Angeles) will visit Portland at the end of the month for a design review session.
Given Dubai’s penchant for the extravagant, Birk and Jones expect the bike plan possibilities to include fully separated, shaded and mist-cooled bike paths (like Qatar will have), and “Cadillac, state-of-art” bike parking.
An Alta staffer is living full time in Dubai and Birk says he reports that now “it’s terrifying to ride a bike in Dubai.”