Portland bike expert in Minneapolis

Mia Birk talks bicycle boulevards

A transportation reform advocate who helped make Portland the most bicycle-friendly in the country — just ahead of second-friendliest Minneapolis — is in town to talk about bicycle boulevards.

Mia Birk, former Portland bicycle program manager, will give a presentation on bicycle infrastructure and answer questions 7 p.m.–9 p.m. Wednesday at The Hotel Minneapolis, 215 S. Fourth St.

Birk’s talk will focus on bicycle boulevards, city streets that make room for walkers and bicyclists. She also will talk about her experiences as a city planner and resident of Portland.

Currently, Birk is a principal at Alta Planning and Design and an adjunct professor at Portland State University, where she instructs graduate students in urban planning on bicycle-friendly design. She also founded the university’s Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation, an urban planning research center.

Birk also will talk 7 p.m.–9 p.m. tonight in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center Auditorium at the Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul.