3/25/11 - Alta staff gave a pep talk to bike and pedestrian trail supporters in Billings, MT, telling them they will need "patience, persistence and thick skin." More >
3/23/11 - Palo Alto, CA's Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Planning open house last week was a great success. The City, who aspires to become a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community, hired Alta to develop the Master Plan. More >
3/10/11 - Sam Corbett
is featured in Zev Yaroslavsky's blog
on the newly-adopted Los Angeles Bicycle Master Plan. More >
3/7/11 - A plan for an on- and off-street bicycle route network is being presented to the West Des Moines City Council. Click here
to read more about what the plan includes.
3/7/11 - The Greenville Post and Courier
reports that the Swamp Rabbit Trail
, located in Greenville, South Carolina - is just the beginning. Read more on how the bicycle research and data in the Greenville Bicycle Master Plan is moving Greenville toward a higher-level of bicycle friendliness. More >
3/3/11 - Alameda County is considering the greenways plan presented in the East Bay Greenway Plan
that will connect oakland, San Leandro, unincorporated Alameda County, and Hayward across five BART stations, offering the local communities more alternatives for transportation. More >
3/3/11 - Los Angeles City Council approves the Bicycle Master Plan. Cycling advocates at the City Council meeting said they were pleased with the final draft, saying that it would help Los Angeles catch up with other cities. More >
3/2/11 - Urban planning blog Planetizen
features an article by Mia Birk
about how Portland became a bicycle-friendly city.
2/23/11 - The Sausalito City Council recently accepted a study prepared by Alta that outlines how the city can create a multi-use pathway from the Sausalito ferry landing to Gate 6. More >
Feb 2011 - "The Queen of Cycle Nation: Mia's Birk's Vision from the Asphalt Up," Goodness Magazine, Feb/March 2011. More >
2/9/11 - Alta's Park to Playa trail project strives toconnect Baldwin Hills to the beach, and will be Los Angeles' first regional urban trail. More >
2/1/11 - APBP Announces 2011 Officers: Brett Hondorp
, AICP, a Principal with Alta Planning + Design in California, was named Vice President. More >
1/28/11 - Two more Portlanders add their voices to the League of American Bicyclists Board, including Alta Principal Steve Durrant
. More >
1/24/11 - Alta President Mia Birk
reflects on experience drawn from the Portland Streetcar design on how to integrate bicycles with streetcars in the latest update
on the Seattle Streetcar development. More >
1/21/11 - The need for education (cyclists and motorists) a recurring theme at public mtgs for the South Bay, CA Bike Plan. More >
1/20/11 - Senior Associate Ann Freiwald makes the news as a speaker at the South Dakota Bike Summit
where she will discuss how communities can become more bicycle friendly.
12/3/10 - Exciting news about the Northwest Arkansas Regional Greenway developments are mentioned on theActive Healthy Transportation Development
website and NWA Online
. Read more about this 36-mile greenway trail plan here
11/22/10 - Alta Planning + Design is pleased to be partnering with Oregon Parks and Recreation and Travel Oregon to offer educational workshops for marketing bicycle tourism and transportation in rural Oregon communities.
- Oregon Scenic Bikeways Program: On December 8, 2010, Alta Associate Scott Bricker will lead a course for leaders of designated scenic bikeway communities. The Oregon Scenic Bikeways Program is designed to provide a high quality system of cycling routes that inspires people to experience Oregon’s natural beauty and cultural heritage by bicycle and offers economic and social benefits to the state’s communities, residents, and visitors. As part of the Scenic Bikeways process, communities must develop a marketing plan to increase usage of the bikeway. This workshop will provide critical information about successful bikeway marketing techniques.
Contact for more information about Oregon Scenic Bikeways Program: Alex Philips, Bicycle and Water Recreation Coordinator, Oregon Parks and Recreation, firstname.lastname@example.org; 503-986-0631
- Rural Tourism Studio: Rural communities may apply for Travel Oregon’s comprehensive Rural Tourism Studio, providing training in Oregon’s key tourists markets; the bicycle tourism studio is one of the focus areas. The eight days of training address tourism development, marketing strategies on a shoestring, and how to fundraise to support the efforts.
Contact for more information about Rural Tourism Studio: Kristin Dahl, Sustainable Tourism Development Manager, Kristin@traveloregon.com; 503-378-2104
Click here for the full press release.
10/13/10 - Australian news service NewsMaker interviewed Principal Michael Jones at the 2010 Bike Futures Conference in Melbourne. Jones, who is scheduled to give a keynote speech at the conference, talks about educating motorists and cyclists about existing road laws and how more cyclists in an area can lead to safer environments. Click here to read the article.
9/30/10 - The October issue of Alaska Airlines Magazine features a story on Portland, Oregon titled "A Wealth of Recreation: Outdoor enthusiasm is a boon to Portland's economy." The article features information from Alta's 2006 report on bicycle industry growth in the city and Mia's present-day take on Portland's state of cycling. Click here to download a PDF copy of the article.
9/20/10 - Listen to Alta CEO Mia Birk’s inspiring keynote speech from Pro-Walk Pro-Bike 2010 at Chattanooga.
In it, she talks about the fascinating history of Portland’s development as a bicycling mecca, stories of incredible successes from across the nation, including rails-with-trails, shared lane markings, and bike boxes and the birth of the exciting new Cities for Cycling project of the National Association of City Transportation Officials. Click to download the keynote recording (mp3). All this and more is captured in her book: Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, which was recently reviewed on the Huffington Post. Order atwww.miabirk.com.
Also check out the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
Postcards from PWPB series http://www.apbp.org/?page=EPostcards . Enjoy!
9/14/10 - Work on the Saranac River Trail in Plattsburgh, NY has finally begun! See the full story from the Press Republican on why the long wait was worth it for this "Bargain" of a trail.
9/13/10 - The Billings Gazette reports on the update to the 2004 Heritage Trail Plan. Alta's Bozeman Office Manager, Joe Gilpin talks about addressing the many gaps in Billings, Montana's trail network, and calls on local residents to give their input.
9/2/10 - Mia Birk's "Joyride" gets glowing reviews by Huffington Post's Diane Dulken. See the full story on this "Safe and Splendid" view on one of the most bicycle-friendly cities and visit miabirk.com for more information on Joyride and how to get a copy.