Rolling Down Santa Barbara's Car-Free Main Street w/ Frank Peters

In this episode, John catches up with bicycle and clean air advocate extraordinaire Frank Peters of Santa Barbara, CA. The primary topic is the city's transformation of State Street, its iconic downtown main street, into a car-free zone because of the devastating impacts from Covid-19.

Show Notes:

Cities around the world have been dramatically reshaping and reimagining their public spaces, especially their downtown streets in response to the negative economic and health impacts from the novel coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19. Santa Barbara, California took the bold step of making State Street, the main shopping and dining destination in the downtown district, a car-free zone and the results have been amazing.

Active Towns Podcast host, John Simmerman reached out to Frank Peters who happens to live on State Street to learn more about the dramatic increase in cycling, vibrancy, and vitality. Tune in to learn more.

Helpful & Relevant Links:

Video version of this episode (shortened)

Episode landing page on Active Towns website

Walk Bike Places Conference

Russ Roca and Path Less Pedaled

Oregon Scenic Bikeways

Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition


Show Credits:

Audio Production by Active Towns

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Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2020

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