Our Instructors

Mia Birk
Co-founder of IBPI and Alta Planning + Design
Mia Birk is a co-founder and former President and CEO of Alta Planning + Design, a 200-person firm headquartered in Portland, OR. Alta's mission is to create active communities. She is also a co-founder and former Vice President of Alta Bicycle Share, Inc., which launched 10 bike share systems in North America and Australia before being acquired and rebranded as Motivate, Inc. She is the author of Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, which tells the story of how a group of determined visionaries transformed Portland into a cycling mecca and inspired the nation. She has been involved in numerous groundbreaking studies and organizations, including co-founding Portland State University’s Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation and the Cities for Cycling Project of the National Association of City Transportation Officials. 

Mia lives and rides with her three children in Portland, Oregon, where she was Bicycle Program Manager from 1993-1999. She is currently enjoying time as a professional coach, mentor, business advisor, investor, guest lecturer, and thought leader.
Roger Geller

Bicycle Coordinator, City of Portland
Roger has over 20 years’ experience managing bicycle capital, planning and policy projects. He possesses in-depth knowledge of design, policy, planning and maintenance relating to bicycle transportation. Roger has contributed to the implementation of hundreds of miles of bikeways, the introduction of many innovations to Portland’s streets and to the successful evaluation of their effect. Roger has led numerous trainings, classes in bikeway planning, policy and design, has delivered keynote addresses at national conferences in Australia and New Zealand and toured Canadian cities as an Invited Scholar. He continues advising a multi-city effort to refine a national urban bicycling design guide.


Peter Koonce

Adjunct Professor, Portland State University

Peter Koonce, P.E., is the Division Manager for the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Signals, Street Lighting, & ITS Division. Prior to this appointment with the City, he worked with Kittelson & Associates, Inc. for 15 years. He has served as an adjunct professor at Portland State University for the past eight years teaching graduate level courses in transportation engineering. He has served on National ITE Committees and is the Panel Chair for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program project 3-103, which is a rewrite of the Signal Timing Manual. He is the secretary of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Traffic Signal Systems and serves as chair of its Signal Timing subcommittee.


​​Shelley Oylear

Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, Washington County OR
Shelley Oylear is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for Washington County Oregon. With a background in civil engineering and transportation planning, she has worked in the public and private sector on a wide range of projects. Shelly is currently focused on finding solutions to support walking and biking in suburban and rural contexts.