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Fight for Our Lives w/ Doug Gordon

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.

Deep Freeze in the Heart of Texas

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.

Shifting Lanes to Support Activity w/ Ryan Hale

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.

Safer Streets Research w/ Wes Marshall

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.

A Plain Bike Revolution w/ Erin Riediger

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.

Restorative Natural Areas w/ Katherine Howard & Jo Fitzgibbons

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

Becoming Streetsmart w/ Kelly Rodgers

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.

Electric Assist Cycles w/ Darnel Harris & Jamie Stuckless

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.

Season One Wrap-Up, Good Bye 2020!

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.

Taking Action w/ Jonathan Fertig (video)

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.

How We Get Around w/ Andy Boenau

Veteran podcaster Andy Boenau from Richmond, VA and John discuss the power of storytelling and persuasion when it comes to transforming our built environments.

America Walks w/ Mike McGinn

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!

Talking Fietsstraats or Bicycle Streets w/ Matt Pinder & Justin Jones

Matt Pinder and Justin Jones join John in this episode for a detailed discussion about the ubiquitous Dutch Fietsstraats or Bicycle Priority Streets and how North American cities can best implement these innovative facilities.

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.

Human-Scaled Accessibility w/ Meredith Glaser

In this episode, John is joined by Meredith Glaser, a Ph.D. doctoral candidate within the University of Amsterdam's Urban Cycling Institute, for a discussion about living in The Netherlands as an ex-pat from California, accelerating reform to support human-scaled accessibility, and developing an understanding about the transfer of knowledge from study tours.

Up For Anything w/ Pam LeBlanc (video)

In this episode, John catches up with Pam LeBlanc, a free-lance writer based in Austin, TX who is constantly creating content about adventure, fitness, and travel. In addition to chatting about some of her recent and upcoming explorations, they talk about her recently published book. NOTE: Video episode available.

Reclaiming the Right of Way w/ Angie Schmitt

In this episode, we dive deep into details of a devastating trend over the past decade where we have seen a dramatic increase in the number and rate of pedestrian fatalities on our roadways.

Bikepacking w/ Ryan Van Duzer (also available in video)

Boom! Here it is folks, our first repeat podcast guest, and our first episode that also features a video version. See show notes for that link.

Parking Reforms w/ Donald Shoup

In this episode, John has a fascinating conversation with Donald Shoup, a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA about how strategic parking policy reforms can help create healthy, vibrant communities.

The Joy of Riding Again w/ Lennard Zinn

In this episode, we have a wide-ranging discussion with Lennard Zinn, former elite-level bike racer, journalist, author, and custom bike builder.

A Wish For Wheels w/ Brad Appel

For the past 16 years the Wish For Wheels non-profit based in Denver, CO has been connecting second-graders in title 1 schools in underserved communities across the country with the joy that a new bicycle brings. A few weeks ago John had the honor of interviewing Brad Appel, the founder and executive director of this amazing initiative.

Lovable Places & People Habitats w/ Kaid Benfield

For this milestone 40th episode we're delighted and honored to feature Kaid Benfield, a veteran professional and published author who tirelessly advocates for the creation and celebration of places that people love.

Seville's "Overnight" Bike Network Success w/ Manuel Calvo

In this episode, we hear from Manu Calvo of Seville, Spain about the extraordinary feat the city achieved in dropping down a nearly complete safe and inviting cycle network in just 18 months.

Rolling Down the Road w/ Commissioner Ellis & Fernando Martinez

The city of Houston, TX is progressing towards a more bicycle-friendly environment in large part because of the leadership, dedication, and support of Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Bike Program Director Fernando Martinez.

A Bike Friendly Episode w/ Bill Nesper

In this episode, we check-in with the Bike League's Executive Director, Bill Nesper to learn what's new in the quest to create a more bicycle-friendly nation.

Make a Difference w/ Charles Brown

In this episode, we dive deep into the inequities inherent in our transportation networks with Charles Brown of Rutgers University and we can collectively make a difference in our communities.

All Aboard w/ Mike Christensen

In this episode, Mike Christensen of Salt Lake City, Utah tells us about his new venture the Utah Rail Passengers Association and describes how he's able to lead a car-light lifestyle in a car-centric western city.

Local Innovations w/ Kyle Wagenschutz & Sara Studdard

In this episode, we touch base with Kyle Wagenschutz and Sara Studdard of the PeopleForBikes Local Innovations Program.

Discussing Our Transport Future w/ Todd Litman

In this episode, we dive into an in-depth discussion with Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute about the exciting connection between land use and transportation.

Live Your Gold Medal Life w/ Susanne Menge

In this episode, John catches up with Susanne Menge a dear friend from Boulder, CO who helps people live their gold medal life.

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