Mia Birk, Principal, Alta Planning + Design
Mia Birk is the President of Alta, and a world-renowned expert in non-motorized transportation. With 20 years of experience in pedestrian, bicycle, trail, and greenway planning, design and implementation, Mia's work has helped the country embrace more sustainable means of transportation. She served as Portland's Bicycle Program Manager from 1993-99, and in her career has developed more than 100 bicycle, pedestrian, trail, and corridor plans, and has managed the public process, design and implementation of over 500 miles of new bikeways and walkways, as well as programs such as Safe Routes to School, bicycle and pedestrian-friendly development codes, and bikeway/walkway maintenance. She is an Adjunct Professor at Portland State University, teaching Pedestrian and Bicycle Issues for graduate students in urban planning.
Mia's newly-released book, Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, tells the dramatic and enlightening behind-the-scenes story of how a group of determined visionaries transformed Portland into a cycling mecca and inspired the nation.
Scott Bricker, Bricker Consulting
Scott Bricker has worked for over fifteen years to make communities healthy and sustainable through bicycling, walking and urban design. In 2010, Scott opened Bricker Consulting, with a specialty in bicycle and pedestrian planning, strategy and advocacy. Scott currently serves as the Director of America Walks and works on projects in the Pacific Northwest. Scott's work history includes serving 11 years at Oregon's Bicycle Transportation Alliance, holding positions of Executive Director, Political Director, and Education Director; Scott also worked for public and private sector. Scott earned his Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University, and Bachelor's of Political Science from the University of Albany, New York. Scott’s resides in a "Walker’s Paradise" Portland, Oregon neighborhood boasting a 'Walk Score' of 91 and world-class bicycle routes and transit service.
Rex Burkholder, Metro Councilor
Trained as a biologist, Rex Burkholder worked as a science teacher and in the Northwestern forests. He started the bicycling revolution in Portland, Oregon as a founder and policy director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. An early leader in sustainability and equity, Burkholder also co-founded the Coalition for a Livable Future, bringing together over 100 diverse NGOs in the greater Portland region. He was elected to the Metro Council in 2000, where he led efforts to reform regional transportation policy and to integrate climate change into the decisions of all levels of government in Oregon. He has served on key task forces as well as national boards including Rail~volution and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. Recipient of numerous local awards, his work has been recognized internationally as well, being invited to speak in countries throughout Latin America on sustainable transportation and climate change. He was honored in 2010 as a Global Ambassador for Ciclovia, an international movement to reclaim cities from the automobile.
Peter Koonce, Portland Office of Transportation
Peter Koonce manages the Signals, Street Lighting, & ITS Division at the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Prior to joining the City, he worked in private practice for nearly 15 years on multimodal traffic signal projects. He was the principal investigator for the Federal Highway Administration's Traffic Signal Timing Manual which introduced the concept of policy based signal operations and is currently serving as the Chair of the NCHRP 3-103 panel which is a project that will rewrite the manual.
Peter is an Adjunct Professor at Portland State University, teaching Transportation Engineering courses for graduate students in urban planning and civil engineering.
Peter serves on the University of Idaho's National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology and the University of South Florida's National Bus Rapid Transit Institute. He is the Secretary of the Transportation Research Board's Committee on Traffic Signal Systems and the incoming President of the Oregon Section's Institute of Transportation Engineers.
Jim Peters, PE, PTOE, Principal, DKS Associates
Jim Peters has over 17 years of professional transportation planning, engineering and operations experience at DKS Associates in Portland, Oregon. He is a transportation operations engineer who understands how to balance the needs of all travel modes—pedestrian, bicycle, transit, automobile, and freight.
Jim blends three primary skills that benefit bikeway and pedestrian design projects—project management, bikeway design, and traffic operations analysis. Jim has designed and implemented signal timings at hundreds of intersections that prioritize the safe movement and integration of pedestrians and bicyclists with transit and automobiles. Jim has designed and implemented innovative bikeway treatments at intersections around the Northwest, including cycle tracks, bike signals, bike boxes, bicycle signal timings, and bicycle detection.
Jim is a passionate bike advocate who believes that our transportation corridors must be friendly places that encourage and enable people to choose active transportation options.
Steph Routh, Willamette Pedestrian Coalition
Steph Routh is Director of the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, a membership-based nonprofit advocacy organization in the Portland Metro region dedicated to making the conditions for walking safe, convenient and attractive for everyone throughout the Portland metropolitan region. Steph has been a walk and bike commuter in Portland, New York City, northern China, and southern Thailand. She is the founding Board President of Umbrella and Cycle Wild and a former Steering Committee member of the World Carfree Network.
Photo by Michael Anderson, Portland Afoot
Rob Sadowsky, Bicycle Transportation Alliance
Rob Sadowsky became the executive director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance in June 2010. Previously, Rob served as Executive Director of the Active Transportation Alliance in Chicago, Illinois for six years from 2004 to 2010. He has more than 23 years of non-profit advocacy and management experience working on issues of affordable housing, community economic development and transportation policy. He serves on the board of the Alliance for Biking and Walking, the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation and the League of American Bicyclists.
Phil Wu, Kaiser Permanente
Philip Wu,MD is a retired pediatrician from Northwest Permanente who is now working exclusively in the areas of active transportation, total health and pediatric obesity prevention and treatment. He is on staff with Kaiser’s Community Health Initiative and National Weight Management Initiative. Dr. Wu currently serves on several community boards including: The Intertwine Alliance, Executive Council for Active Transportation, and the Westside Transportation Alliance, Upstream Public Health, and the Northwest Health Foundation. Dr. Wu was a clinical pediatrician for fourteen years with the Medford Clinic in Medford, OR before joining Kaiser Permanente in 1997 as a general pediatrician. He retired from active clinical practice in January, 2012.