The dream of a carfree bridge over Interstate 84 between the central eastside and Lloyd neighborhoods is older than some of the people who showed up for its groundbreaking this morning.
If anyone in the country knows what it takes for a city to improve its bike transportation, it’s a woman whose entire business depends on cities doing so.
A local bike business that bootstrapped its way into the national spotlight and then ran into an avalanche of problems has sold.
Portland-based Alta Bicycle Share has released an official statement about an inquiry into the companies employee labor practices. At the end of last month, sixteen current and past employees of the Alta-run Capital Bikeshare system in Washington D.C., went public with allegations that the company had underpaid them and failed to provide federally mandated health … Read more
A Capital Bikeshare employee “rebalances” bikes at a docking site near Union Station. Some past and current employees claim they’ve been underpaid by Portland-based Alta Bicycle Share.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) It’s been a rough few weeks for Alta Bicycle Share VP Mia Birk. The roll-out of the massive and high-profile Citibike system has by many … Read more
Alta Bicycle Share just enjoyed its biggest launch yet, kicking off a 6,000-bike deal worth tens of millions of dollars over the next few years. And 2013 is only going to get more interesting.
Get ready Portland, it’s coming!.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) On Friday afternoon, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced that Alta Bicycle Share had won the contract to operate the Portland Bike Share system. Given Alta’s Portland headquarters, their success in nabbing major bike share projects around the country, and Birk’s own close connections with the … Read more
Mia Birk(Photo © J. Maus) Author and CEO Mia Birk presented her book, Joy Ride, to the Vancouver Bicycle Club (VBC) on Wednesday at the new downtown Vancouver library. Introduced by Portland’s own Joe “Metal Cowboy” Kurmaskie, Birk informed the crowd of about 60 VBC members that Portland’s famous bicycling atmosphere didn’t happen overnight.
Mia Birk, President of Alta Planning + Design and Principal of its sister company Alta Bicycle Share photographed yesterday at a celebration of their selection as operators of New York City Bike Share.(Photos © J. Maus)
“Together, let’s say, ‘I solemnly pledge to behave as considerately as possible no matter how I get around.’” — Part of a crowd exercise led by Mia Birk in response to a fired up citizen One of the many things that keeps my fire burning here at BikePortland is a sense that knowledge is power. … Read more