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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, 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!
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