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In this week's episode, John catches up with the Bruntletts "on the eve" of the release of their much anticipated second book, Curbing Traffic - The Human Case for Fewer Cars in Our Lives. It's a long one as they were gracious enough to provide a brief overview of each of the ten main chapters in the book. Enjoy!
In this extended episode, John has a detailed conversation with Professor Bruce Appleyard author of Livable Streets 2.0, a fabulous tribute to his late father, Donald Appleyard, and his classic urbanism text Livable Streets.
Salt Lake City's historic grid features massively wide streets and incredibly long blocks, but its origin isn't rooted in car-centric design, rather it was a practical solution to freight logistics - the ability to do a u-turn with a team of oxen or horses driving a cart or carriage. Since 2017 Jon Larsen and his team have been striving to reimagine what this space can be and who it serves with the systematic, incremental installation of safer, more inviting "All Ages & Abilities" active mobility infrastructure.
In this week's episode, John catches up with Ross Chapin, Architect, community advocate, and author of the class best-selling book Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World.
In this episode, John connects with Brandon Lust also known as @AmericanFietser on Twitter for a conversation about how a pickup truck-driving guy from rural Illinois became an advocate for Dutch cycling, safer streets, and electric-assist cargo bikes.
In this week's episode, John connects with Dr. Billy Fields, Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas State University. The discussion addresses the freedom that comes from mobility choice, the progress being made in San Marcos, and the annual study abroad program he leads to The Netherlands. We also talk about his newly released book, Adaptation Urbanism and Resilient Communities: Transforming Streets to Address Climate Change published by Routledge.
In this episode, John interviews Huntsville, Alabama-based cartographer and artist David Nuttall about his recent adventure riding every street in his sprawling, hilly city and the profound things he learned about the place he's called home for the past several decades and about himself.
Briana serves as the Ghisallo Cycling Initiative's Austin Lead and Community Educator. John and Briana discuss the many engaging activation programs and services this beloved non-profit is providing within the Austin and San Antonio communities. She also serves on the Bicycle Advisory Council for the City of Austin.
In this episode, John welcomes Austin's District 8, City Council Member, Paige Ellis onto the Podcast. They talk about her biggest learnings from a 2019 PeopleForBikes study tour to The Netherlands, some recent infrastructure improvements in the city, a game-changing mobility bond she co-sponsored which passed overwhelmingly in the November election, as well as the Interstate 35 expansion challenge.
Kansas City, Missouri is really not anybody's shortlist of most walkable and bike-friendly cities in North America, but as you'll learn from Laura and Michael the opportunities abound as BikeWalkKC, the City, and the surrounding communities strive to transform into a healthier, more vibrant, and people-oriented region.
In this episode, we head down to New Orleans for a bike network progress update from Jennifer, who works with the city, and Dan, who leads Bike Easy. The NOLA story is most definitely one of perseverance, collaboration, and commitment to transformation.
John is joined this week by a bicycle advocacy study tour organizer extraordinaire, Zach Vanderkooy with Inspired by Cities, a Boulder, Colorado-based firm specializing in experiential learning through group travel.
In this episode, John connects with Ken McLeod, Policy Director at the League of American Bicyclists for an in-depth discussion about the current federal, state, and local active mobility policy landscape in the United States.
In this special mid-week episode, John connects long-distance with Mark Cramer, who is an American living in the Paris, France area. Mark is also the author of the book Old Man on a Green Bike: Chronicles of a Self-Serving Environmentalist and they talk about how to encourage more people of all ages to ride more often.
In this episode, John and Nick, who is the Bikeway & Pedestrian Program Manager for the City of Memphis, TN, discuss the big strides that the city has made in building out its high comfort bike network over the past 10 years and the role that tactical urbanism is playing in advancing the effort to create safer streets.
In this special bonus episode, an Activity Ambassador profile, John interviews Rob Verhelst from Madison, Wisconsin, who is also known as Fireman Rob.
College towns tend to have higher rates of people walking and biking than the typical city with no university and Provo, Utah, which is home to the main campus of BYU is no exception. In this episode, John checks in with the newly appointed Executive Director of BikeWalk Provo, Austin Taylor.
Join us for a fascinating conversation with the Bike Train Guru of The Netherlands, Roland Kager with the consulting firm Studio Bereikbaar
In this episode, we head back to NYC to catch up with Doug "Mr. BrooklynSpoke" Gordon, one of three co-hosts of The War on Cars Podcast, for a conversation about the battle to create safer streets and more livable communities for everyone.
In this shortie, John checks in after finally getting power, heat, and internet service restored after the big winter storm of 2021 thumped Austin big time.
Northwest Arkansas has transformed itself into a Mountain Biking destination and in the process stimulated their economy and a culture of activity. In this week's episode, we talk about this amazing development with Ryan Hale, founder of Laneshift, a consulting firm in Bentonville focussed on helping other communities become more bicycle-friendly places.
University of Colorado Denver Professor Dr. Wes Marshall joins John for a fun and fascinating discussion about some of his safer streets research that he and his students have conducted over the past decade.
In this episode, John and Erin dive deep into the details of how and why there's a surprising Dutch bike culture bomb exploding in the prairie city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
In this episode, we head back up to the province of British Columbia, Canada for a conversation about Restorative Natural Areas with Vancouver-based Katherine Howard and Jo Fitzgibbons
In this episode, John has a fascinating conversation with Kelly Rodgers, a PhD doctoral candidate in Urban Studies at Portland State University and the founder of the non-profit evidence-based resource platform, Streetsmart.
For our first episode of a new year and new season, we head up to Ontario, Canada for a discussion about policies associated e-assist bikes and an innovative cargo-bike library.
On this, the final day of the crazy year that was 2020, John Simmerman, Host of the Active Towns Podcast and Founder of the Active Towns Initiative looks back and reflects on the 52 episodes in Season One, giving thanks to our guests and you, our listeners.
When it comes to unsafe street conditions, Jonathan Fertig is no stranger to the world of tactical urbanism, he is compelled to do something to make the situation safer for everyone. In this episode, John and Jonathan chat about his activities in Boston and in his new home of Denver.
Veteran podcaster Andy Boenau from Richmond, VA and John discuss the power of storytelling and persuasion when it comes to transforming our built environments.
In this episode, our 50th! Yeeha! We welcome Mr. Michael McGinn into our virtual studios. Mike is a former mayor of Seattle, WA and the new Executive Director of America Walks. John and Mike have a wide-ranging conversation about creating cities for people. Enjoy!