It all started with the purchase of my first “adult” bike, a $25 junker from Goodwill. One day I decided to take out my not-so-trusty steed for a ride. The bike ended up being fine, but the infrastructure not so much. I only rode my bike three times in two years because I felt unsafe and was not confident. When I eventually moved to a city that had these things called “bike lanes,” I was ecstatic. I got from home to downtown in 15 minutes, I didn’t have to pay for parking, and I met new people and heard their active transportation stories. I shortly realized that the benefits of my $25 bike far exceeded my investment. From that point on I became an advocate for multimodal lifestyles.
Mandia has a background in graphic design, regional development, and transportation planning and has experience working for a wide range of agencies and nonprofits. She received her Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University, where she focused on improving and encouraging bicycling, walking, and taking transit. Throughout her career as a planner, Mandia has strived to address issues of social equity and create healthy and happy communities. At Alta, she’s been able to encourage people to drive less often and to enjoy the many benefits of a multimodal lifestyle through transportation demand management (TDM), individualized marketing campaigns, and transportation planning.