PULLMAN, Wash. – Mia Birk, author of “Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet,” will relate the story of how Portland, Ore., was transformed into one of the country’s most active bicycling communities at a free, public appearance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the CUB junior ballroom at Washington State University.
 
With its cold winters and hilly terrain, the Palouse has long been considered an unfriendly place for cyclists. Yet the virtual explosion of WSU’s “Green-Bike” program has many reconsidering the region’s bicycling potential.
 
Hailed as a world-renowned expert, Birk will share her stories of how communities can make the transformation toward balanced and sustainable transportation and of the positive impact bicycling can have on neighborhoods, towns and the way people live in them.
 
Birk also will participate in WSU’s free, public 2011 Sustainability Fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the CUB junior ballroom.
 
So will Peter Byck, director of the climate change film “Carbon Nation,” which is targeted even to those who “doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don’t buy it at all.” A free, public screening of the film will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Beasley Coliseum at WSU.
 
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Source:
Bridgette Brady, WSU Parking and Transportation Services, 509-335-5105, b.brady@wsu.edu
 
Media contact:
Darin Watkins, WSU News Service, 509-335-4456, darin.watkins@wsu.edu