Colin Harris, PE, LEED AP

I ride my bicycle and walk throughout the year to get to work, to go to the store, and to visit friends and family. As a person who avidly walks and bikes for transportation and recreation, I have an opportunity to use this experience in my role as a professional engineer at Alta to make it safer for people to walk and bike. I enjoy learning about new places, and I am happy to work with cities and towns of all sizes to create active, healthy communities.


Colin is a civil engineer and urban designer with over ten years of experience. Colin is experienced with developing specific recommendations for safety improvements in a variety of contexts including school zones, urban arterials, and roadways in small towns. Colin brings deep technical knowledge of design best practice as a professional engineer, but has also worked to support innovation for bicycling and walking in the region as a local advocate.

Colin lived and worked in Seattle and Bellingham, Washington before moving to Minneapolis in 2008. In 2009, Colin co-founded the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and – after seeing a presentation about the Ciclovía in Bogotá – became quickly inspired to start a local Open Streets initiative. After many months of planning and organizing, the first Open Streets Minneapolis event took place in 2011. Colin continued to lead the initiative through 2014 and grew it to six routes per year. The initiative now has eight routes per year and is co-sponsored by the City of Minneapolis.

Colin is also involved in multiple artistic endeavors. One of his projects, The Really Big Table, is a twenty-five foot long, foldable table (with benches) that can be transported by bicycle. It is used for various community events around Minneapolis and St. Paul and can easily accommodate twenty-four people when it is fully extended. Additionally, Colin is an active musician, playing traditional old-time music on fiddle and banjo.

Colin earned his degree in civil engineering from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

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