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Author: John Simmerman

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Conversations about Creating a Culture of Activity: Profiling the people, places, programs, and policies that help to promote a culture of activity within our communities.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this episode, we have a wide-ranging discussion with Lennard Zinn, former elite-level bike racer, journalist, author, and custom bike builder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this episode, we touch base with Kyle Wagenschutz and Sara Studdard of the PeopleForBikes Local Innovations Program.
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.
In this episode, John catches up with Susanne Menge a dear friend from Boulder, CO who helps people live their gold medal life.
In this episode, we hear from one of our podcast listeners who just happens to have an inspiring story to tell about her 2020 New Year's resolution.
In this episode, John settles into a fun conversation and "therapy session" with Bryan Jones, City Manager of Eastvale, CA.
In this episode, we chat with Curtis Rogers, Co-Founder & COO of Parkade about innovative ways that communities can flip the concept of induced demand on its head to encourage active mobility and more vibrant business districts.
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