Alternative Transportation Event at WWU

 

Working bicycle

Awesome bicycle for errands, Photo by Flickr user Salim Virji

 

Tonight (October 13, 2010) at 7pm, there is a free event at Western Washington University’s Viking Union Multi-purpose room focusing on alternative and sustainable transportation.  This is an opportunity to get the people of Bellingham interested in biking and public transportation.  If you’re lucky enough to live close to downtown, you know how enjoyable it can be to cruise in for some ice cream at Mallard’s or a little shopping at the farmers market.

Nationally-acclaimed urban transportation planner, Mia Birk, will be hosted by RE Sources for Sustainable Communities (the RE-Store’s parent org) and Western Washington University’s Office of Sustainability.

Mia was the City of Portland Bicycle Program Manager from 1993-99, where she led a period of rapid growth of Portland’s bikeway network.  She has 20 years experience in sustainable transportation focused on pedestrian, bicycle, trail, and greenway planning, design and implementation.

Mia is also Adjunct Professor at Portland State University, where she co-founded the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation in the College of Urban Studies. For more information about Mia Birk check out her website: www.miabirk.com

There is a will be a raffle to win a Trek Urban Commuter Bike donated by SSC. More details will be available at the RE Sources’ …booth at the event! http://www.re-sources.org/events/mia-birk/trek-pdx-urban-commuter

There will also be a free keg of Boundary Bay beer for your drinking pleasure.

At the information fair the Share the Road… and the Rules group will be promoting their “See and Be Seen” campaign with clip on lights, 10% off coupons for local bike shop, and information about bike lights. See their table after the event for more information.

There is plenty of bike parking at WWU and the campus is served by many WTA routes. For more information on how to get there view a trip plan: http://www.re-sources.org/events/mia-birk/trip-plan-to-wwu-vu

All this info and more is available at RE-Sources.org

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