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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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Show Notes:This episode with Billy Fields, Ph.D. has reinforced our appreciation for just how interconnected everything is in our world, from active mobility to land use to pollution and the climate. Add to that the fact our mobility and stormwater systems can work together rather than against each other.We encourage everyone to check out this new book Adaptation Urbanism and Resilient Communities: Transforming Streets to Address Climate Change. And courtesy of Dr. Fields you may use the coupon code ESBAC for 20% off.Additional Helpful Links:Rails to Trails ConservancySan Marcos, TXInternational Sustainable Transportation Engagement Program – Study AbroadDelft, NL: WoonerfCROW ManualSustainable SafetyVision Zero – SwedenAmsterdam Street TrampolinesLondon initiatives: Mini-Hollands Healthy Streets Low Traffic Neighborhoods 20 is Plenty Campaign Our New Orleans episodeShow Credits:Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronTo sign up for our monthly newsletter, scroll down to the form at bottom of our home pageBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John Simmerman★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes:David Nuttall was motivated to get in a little exercise and lose a little weight by exploring his adopted hometown of Huntsville, Alabama on his trusty old mountain bike. And thus a challenge was born: ride every street in the city limits and since he’s cartographer, naturally he’d map that experience and learn what he could along the way.This is not an uber athlete endorphin-fueled adventure story, but one of patient reflection, social connection, curiosity, joy, and humanity.Additional Helpful Links:David’s art studio: ArtimapsHUBS CoopBikes & Brews Ride Facebook pageLink to Animated map of David’s RidesMap Animation by Ned Drummond – Ned’s websiteMap My Ride AppExplore Bike Share – MemphisShow Credits:Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronTo sign up for our monthly newsletter, scroll down to the form at bottom of our home pageBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John Simmerman★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes:The Ghisallo Cycling Initiative based in Austin, Texas provides education, engagement, and activation programs and services which help to get more people, of all ages and abilities, riding more often. Briana provides a wonderful glimpse into the organization and how it helps to support the communities they serve well beyond issues related to riding cycles.Additional Helpful Links:Landing page for this Episode on the Active Towns website - for more photos and videos  City Cyclist programsGolden RollersCycle AcademyWheelie Good Snack PacksCommunity Collaborations mentioned: Woven in Among Us Rides and Legends Mosaic Portraits2020 Annual Report with full overview, photos, videosGhisallo Bike to Eat WeekGhisallo Film FestivalGhisallo Vimeo Video ChannelAustin's Smart Trips TDM ProgramCity of Austin’s Active Transportation & Street Design DivisionCity of Austin Urban Trails DivisionBogota's CycloviaTexas Coffee TradersSomething Cool Studios and the Mosaic Bike TourReconnect AustinBlack Women Who Kayak Plus - Ghisallo RideDecipher City - Stephanie Webb - Black Architects self-guided tour coming soonShow Credits:Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronTo sign up for our monthly newsletter, scroll down to the form at bottom of our home pageBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John Simmerman★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes:In the past three episodes in a row now we've explored the theme that transforming our cities into safer, more inviting places that support and promote a culture of activity is hard work that requires strong leadership and competence at all levels. Council Member Paige Ellis is a fabulous example of a passionate, caring city leader who looks for opportunities to learn from the experiences of other cities, exhibits courage in taking big bold actions for the collective good, and embraces the use of small incremental infrastructure tests, tactical urbanism if you will, to move with a sense of urgency while evaluating the benefits and feasibility of more permanent investments.Austin, Texas is making huge strides in becoming a more walkable and bike-able city for "All Ages & Abilities" and the community's willingness to fund critical improvements bodes well for future generations. Additional Helpful Links:Active Towns Landing Page for this Episode - for access to fun videos and photos Austin's Active Mobility & Safety Bond (2020 Prop B)Austin Strategic Mobility PlanAustin's Project Connect - Transit PlanHealthy Streets - AustinAustin Active Transportation & Street Design DivisionBikeshare - MetroBikeActive Towns Podcast w/ Roland Kager Bike Transit IntegrationPeopleForBikesAustin NL Study Tour videoActive Towns Podcast Episodes about Study Tours w/ Zach Vanderkooy and Meredith GlaserHealthy Streets shortieShow Credits:Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronTo sign up for our monthly newsletter, scroll down to the form at bottom of our home pageBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John Simmerman★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes:What makes Kansas City so relevant when it comes to the movement to create and promote a Culture of Activity is that it is so unremarkable and reflective of the challenges cities across North America and around the world are facing. As you'll hear from Laura and Michael during this conversation with John, BikeWalkKC is rising to the occasion and view KC as a City of Opportunity. Yes, they have their work cut out for them. But they are making progress, in education, in policy advancement, and yes, even in infrastructure finally starting to emerge on the ground. Additional Helpful Links:This Episode's Landing Page - for more photos and videosThe BikeWalkKC YouTube ChannelBikeWalkKC - Become a MemberBikeWalkKC - Newsletter & Mailing ListDecriminalizing Walking Biking BikeWalkKC Policy PlatformKansas City Physical Activity PlanShow Credits:Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronTo sign up for our monthly newsletter, scroll down to the form at bottom of our home pageBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John Simmerman★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes:The city of New Orleans was one of ten cities chosen to participate in the Big Jump Project by the PeopleForBikes Foundation's Local Innovations initiative in an attempt to help accelerate the buildout of a high comfort cycle network. Jennifer Ruley is the Mobility & Safety Lead Engineer for the City of New Orleans (Moving New Orleans) and Dan Favre is the Executive Director of Bike Easy. The story is truly fascinating in the sense that NOLA has such a strong culture of the community members taking over its streets and many are surprised at just how many people routinely ride even though there has been a severe shortage of safe facilities. Said another way, they already have strong ridership, not they need safer places, a network if you will, to ride.And of course, because it is the Big Easy, fun is a big part of the movement. Additional Helpful Links:Active Towns Landing Page for this episode - for fun photos and additional content.Moving NOLA Facebook PageMoving NOLA InstagramNOLA Complete Streets CoalitionToole Design blog post about the Big Jump Project in NOLAWalk Bike Places NOLA ConferenceShow Credits:Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronTo sign up for our monthly newsletter, scroll down to the form at bottom of our home pageBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John Simmerman★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes:In this episode, John shares his recent conversation with Zach Vanderkooy a veteran study tour organizer and principal of the firm Inspired by Cities. Zach is an urban planner by training and has a deep history in bicycle advocacy having work for both IMBA - the International Mountain Bicycling Association and PeopleForBikes. They talk about the impact of study tours, what you can expect as an attendee, and what it takes to pull off successful educational outings such as these. Additional Helpful Links:Organizing Effective Study Tours pdfGreen Lane Project articleBig Jump Project article and Big Jump Better Together Video short An Active Towns - PeopleForBikes Study Tour Video - Zach helped to organize this study tour w/ PeopleForBikesActive Towns Podcast Episode featuring Meredith Glaser and Meredith's research article on study toursActive Towns Podcast Episode featuring Roshun AustinShow Credits:Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronTo sign up for our monthly newsletter, scroll down to the form at bottom of our home pageBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John Simmerman★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes:The League of American Bicyclists based in Washington, DC is a membership-based organization that has been fighting for the rights and needs of cyclists specifically and active mobility in general since 1880.As Policy Director, Ken McLeod is at the forefront of these policy discussions as well as monitoring the critical updates to the various design guide manuals that influence what actually can be built.Additional Helpful Links:Bike Law UniversityTransportation Alternatives Act and the League's SummaryComplete Streets ActSAFE Streets ActEBIKE ActBicycle Commuter ACT 2021Stop As Yield Laws - "The Idaho-Stop"Bicycle Friendly States ProgramEast Coast Greenway - Their bold greenway stimulus askNIMBY definitionCROW ManualMUTCD - Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices NACTO and NACTO's MUTCD workAPBPITEThe Challenge of Actually Changing the MUTCDThe Transportation Equity CaucusDangerous by Design 2021 ReportVictim Blaming PSAMike McGinn's Active Towns Podcast EpisodeAmerica WalksJeff Miller the DC Cycling ConciergeThe Clairmont CollegesGeorgia BikesSan Francisco Bike Lane LawsuitThe High Cost of Free Parking - Donald ShoupShow Credits:Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronTo sign up for our monthly newsletter, scroll down to the form at bottom of our home pageBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John Simmerman★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes:To say that Mark Cramer is an accidental bike advocate would be quite an understatement. He describes how many years ago he happened upon a fun group of cyclists completely taking over the streets of Paris, with the support and assistance of the police, and how this chance connection led him down the road of becoming a regular bike commuter, traveling throughout the Paris region. Now that he's retired he has taken up exploring by his beloved green bike and reflecting on how profound an impact riding has had on his life, health, and wellbeing. If you'd like to learn more be sure to pick up a copy of his book: Old Man on a Green Bike: Chronicles of a Self-Serving EnvironmentalistAdditional Helpful Links:The Active Towns Landing Page for this episode - For more photos and links An article about Mark and his book in Cycling Industry NewsMark's interview on the Bike Talk PodcastThe cycling group that Mark mentions: Mieux se Déplacer à Bicyclette <Google translate page> Bike touring near Paris and using trains - an annual pilgrimage Mark makes, to pay tribute to Van GoghActive Towns Podcast Episode featuring Alissa WalkerActive Towns Podcast Episode featuring Chuck Marohn, Founder & President of Strong TownsSTROAD definitionJaywalking Defined - Peter Norton on Active Towns PodcastJohn's Active Towns Paris Profile VideoRyan Van Duzer's Active Towns Episodes #1 and #2 the VideoIvan Illich, Energy and EquityJohn DeGraaf - books why working less is betterValencia Paseo SystemMAMIL - Middle Aged Man in LycraShow Credits:Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronTo sign up for our monthly newsletter, scroll down to the form at bottom of our home pageBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John Simmerman★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes: The city of Memphis, Tennessee is most certainly not on the top of mind for most of us when it comes to a safe and inviting environment for walking and biking, but it has been on our radar here at Active Towns as being one of the early adopters of innovative unsanctioned tactical urbanism installations which have helped pave the way to massive improvements on the ground and building momentum in establishing a "Culture of Activity".Nicholas "Nick" Oyler, Manager, Memphis Bikeway & Pedestrian Program and John talk about the exciting recent advances in the high-comfort cycle network and some of the challenges still facing the city. Nick also provides a bit of background as to how he got interested in this work. We cover a lot of ground in this interview and barely scratch the surface of the very encouraging developments currently underway in this fine city. Enjoy the episode and check out the links below.Additional Helpful Links:The Active Towns Landing Page for this episodePeopleForBikes and the Memphis Big Jump Project our Big Jump Project videoMünster, GermanySouth Memphis Glide Ride facilitated by The Works Tactical Urbanism (the book) and (the guide) and our interview with Mike Lydon on the subjectBetter BlockBroad Ave article in Strong TownsHampline landing pageMemphis Medical District and  MLK ProjectShelby Farms GreenlineBicycle Boulevards defined our Podcast episode on the subjectExplore Bike ShareShow Credits:Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronTo sign up for our monthly newsletter, scroll down to the form at bottom of our home pageBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John Simmerman★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes: In this rare mid-week episode, John and Rob talk through a wide range of topics, including how the Ironman triathlon helped him to find his passion, his take on safer streets for active living as a working emergency services professional, the role activity played in helping him deal with PTSD in the aftermath of 9-11 and so much more.Additional Helpful Links:Landing page for this episode on the Active Towns website - for access to photos, videos, and other cool stuff.Rob's website the Forged in the Fires bookThe Fireman Rob Foundation to make a #BearaSMILE donation - Hint: when you get to the donation screen, be sure to scroll down to the Fireman Rob Foundation in the selection list.The Blazeman Foundation - The War on ALSShow Credits: Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronTo sign up for our monthly newsletter, scroll down to the form at bottom of our home pageBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John Simmerman★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes:Austin Taylor is one very busy guy. He works as a Transportation Planner focussing on Active Transportation and Transportation Demand Management, also known as TDM for the Park City Municipal Corporate in Park City, Utah and he’s the recently appointed volunteer Executive  Director of the non-profit BikeWalk Provo. In addition, he also serves as a board member for the Utah Chapter of CNU - The Congress for the New Urbanism. In this episode, John and Austin discuss the current status of walking and biking in Provo as well as the progress the city has made and how the community is rallying to address their street safety challenges and concerns.Additional Helpful Links:The Active Towns Landing page for this Episode - for more photos and other fun stuffThe Bike CollectiveThe Bike League - Bicycle Friendly America Program (BFA)Article in The Herald about Silver Status in the BFA ProgramUrban Arrow Family Cargo-bikesMotherload - the movieThe Urban Grid of SLC - "the most striking thing about Salt Lake’s grid is the scale. Blocks are 660 feet on each side. That means walking the length of two football fields from one intersection to the next. By comparison, nine Portland, Oregon city blocks can fit inside one Salt Lake block."Park City Bike Share SystemShow Credits: Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronTo sign up for our monthly newsletter, scroll down to the form at bottom of our home pageBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John Simmerman★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes: One of the very first things I noticed upon my initial visit to The Netherlands in 2015 was the seamless connection and synergistic coordination between the national transit system and the bicycle network, both of which we experienced every single day, usually multiple times each day. It wasn't until subsequent return trips that I realized how well thought out and studied this phenomenon actually is. In 2019 I had the pleasure of meeting Roland Kager of Studio Bereikbaar while tagging along with a PeopleForBikes Study Tour. His presentation and analysis of the data that he's collected drove home just how these relationships are and the powerful potential that these hold for other cities around the world.So we have your complimentary transit card ready for you, climb aboard, tune in and enjoy the ride.Additional Helpful Links:This episode's landing page on the Active Towns website for embedded videoDutch Cycling Embassy Knowledge Clip pdf on the Synergies Between Cycling, Public Transport, and Urban Planning Dutch Cycling Embassy Video featuring RolandFollow Roland on Twitter @BikeTrainGuruShow Credits: Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronTo sign up for our monthly newsletter, scroll down to the form at bottom of our home pageBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes:You can pretty much count on it - anytime there's a proposal to install a bike lane or pedestrian crossing that might inconvenience or slow down motor vehicle traffic in any amount, no matter how small, there's a chorus of screams from a vocal minority of haters that this is clearly evidence of a vicious "A War on Cars" most likely being waged upon an unsuspecting and helpless public by the "All-Powerful Bicycle Lobby". It would be such silly laughable bluster if it wasn't so important and serious that we take immediate strides in this fight to create safer more vibrant environments for everyone, including our most vulnerable roadway users, those walking, cycling, in wheelchairs, or even on scooters.So in typical "tongue-in-cheek" New York style, when Doug and his co-hosts, Aaron Naparstek and Sarah Goodyear decided to launch a podcast, The War on Cars was a natural moniker to poke fun at the ridiculous rhetoric.John and Doug dive "deep into the weeds" that these challenges represent, the progress being made, and how advocates make an impact in their own communities.Additional & Helpful Links: Landing Page for this Episode - access to photos and other fun stuffThe War of Cars PodcastBrooklyn Spoke MediaDoug's Twitter Account - BrooklynSpoke and the original blogThe New Republic article by Doug about changes to our streets due to the pandemicA recent The Daily News opinion piece by Doug about stopping the carnage on our streetsTransportation Alternatives - Streets for People organizationStreetsblog StreetfilmsBrooklyn Bridge bike lane storyOakland Slow Streets and Essential Places ProgramSlower Speeds article, AAA-CO StudyAARP Livable Communities ProgramStreetfight book by Janette Sadik-KhanDesigning for "All Ages & Abilities" - NACTO Guide Protected bike lanes/facilities via NACTO and from City of AustinHow the Dutch handle the snow on cycle tracks and bridgesWoom bikes episode Induced Demand - definitionParis transformations articleActive Towns Paris profile videoVision Zero NYC and the National Network Families for Safe Streets CitibikeTactical UrbanismNYC Summer StreetsShow Credits: Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronTo sign up for our monthly newsletter, scroll down to the form at bottom of our home pageBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes:While cold weather and even snow are not completely unheard of in Texas, clearly the state, especially the power grid, is not prepared for such events. John touches upon some observations of neighborliness, community, and active mobility in the face of this powerful storm and extended power blackout. Landing Page for this episodeShow Credits: Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes: The amazing culture of activity transformation that has been underway in the Northwest Arkansas region over the past couple of decades is an encouraging narrative that serves as a testament to what is possible and we believe it is truly an inspiring story for other cities across North America and around the world.Ryan Hale has been in the middle of this community evolution over the past couple of decades and provides a fascinating view of the process and how the region continues to strive for additional active mobility improvements.Additional Helpful Links:The landing page for this episode on the Active Towns website for more photos and contentRyan's firm: LaneshiftThe Walton Family FoundationSoderquist Leadership Center which was rebranded as Milestone Leadership in 2018A story about the Denmark Study Tour  - Walton Family FoundationA story about the Denmark Study Tour - in the local newsAnother story about the Denmark Study Tour - in the local newsThe Lebron James Interview about BicyclesNWA Mtn Biking OZ Trails Bike NWA - Local Non-Profit NWA Best Trails in the Nation The Bike Snob goes to NWA PeopleForBikes summary of NWARogers’ Railyard Bike ParkBoulder Valmont Bike Park Walton Family Foundation/PeopleForBikes Economic Impact StudyNational Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)Northwest Arkansas CouncilShow Credits: Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes:Wes Marshall, Ph.D. is a Professor of Civil Engineering and an affiliate faculty member in Planning and Design at the University of Colorado Denver. Wes focuses on transportation research and teaching dedicated to creating more sustainable, equitable, and resilient transportation systems, particularly in terms of road safety, active transportation, and transit. He has a vast body of work and we discuss several of his most notable studies that have gained attention over the past few years, including his 2019 research paper that highlighted enhanced safety of protected bikeways for all roadways users, not just people cycling.Additional Helpful Links:Active Towns Landing Page for this EpisodeProfessor Norman GarrickActive Towns Landing Page for Peter Norton's EpisodeActive Towns Landing Page for Fietsstraat/Bicycle Priority Street EpisodeActive Towns Landing Page for Jonathan Fertig's EpisodeCentral Park Community (formerly Denver's main airport)New UrbanismStreet Network 101 Explains Grided street network versus Tree-like street network as seen in most suburban communitiesLinks to the research papers we hit on: Why cities with high bicycling rates are safer for all road users www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214140518301488 Does street network design affect traffic safety? www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0001457510003179 Effect of Street Network Design on Walking and Biking https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.3141/2198-12 Community design, street networks, and public health www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214140514000486 Scofflaw bicycling: Illegal but rational www.jstor.org/stable/26211757 Advancing healthy cities through safer cycling: An examination of shared lane markings www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2046043018300583 Understanding the impacts of integrating New Urbanist neighborhood and street design ideals with conventional traffic engineering standards: the case of Stapleton www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17549175.2014.896826 Here are a few YouTube explainer videos made about Wes' research: Why Cities with High Bicycling Rates are Safer for all Road Users  A Proactive Approach to Redefining Child Road Safety - and Vision Zero The Impacts of Uber & Lyft on Transportation Complete list of Wes' ResearchDenver Streetsblog InterviewShow Credits: Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes: Erin Riediger is in the final stages of officially becoming an architect. You’ll quickly learn that she’s passionate about creating equitable cities which partly explains how she got interested in advocating for safer cycling for everyone. And she’s also a talented storyteller and the producer of the Plain Bicycle Podcast series. We talk about it and the fascinating story surrounding the surprising transformative power that the simple, upright, plain if you will, Dutch-style bicycle has had and is having on Winnipeg and how it all came to be.Additional Helpful Links:This episode's landing page on the Active Towns website - to see some amazing photos that Erin sent our wayErin on TwitterThe Plain Bicycle ProjectWinnipeg TrailsChris & Melissa Bruntlett: Building the Cycling City The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality published by Island PressThe Active Towns Podcast episode featuring Chris Bruntlett with The Dutch Cycling EmbassyShow Credits: Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes:Joanne "Jo" Fitzgibbons is a Ph.D. doctoral candidate at the University of British Columbia and a Sustainability Scholar with the Urban Biodiversity Hub Katherine Howard is a Project Manager with the City of Vancouver currently working on its comprehensive master plan, she was involved with developing VanPlay, the city’s parks and recreation services master plan.Jo and Katherine share how the development of the Restorative Natural Area (RNA) Index tool assisted the City of Vancouver and contributed as a layer in the Equity Initiative Zone mapping as part of VanPlay, the City's Parks and recreation services master plan.Additional Helpful Links:Equity Initiative Zones article that Katherine wrote for TheCityFixFort Collins, Colorado - Nature in the CityShow Credits: Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Show Notes:Streetsmart is an amazing non-profit platform and resource clearinghouse for integrating climate change, public health, and equity concerns into transportation. Specifically the platform is evidence-based and helps users make the case for healthy investments and prioritize strategies that meet community goals. The focus is on proven strategies that can help communities meet their goals for increasing physical activity, walking, and bicycling; reducing vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions; and improving equity and inclusion. Kelly provides some background about the origins of the name for this effort, how she came to start it, and how it ties in with her doctoral program. The conversation centers around how communities can use the Streetsmart platform as a practical tool to help facilitate and support change.Additional Links and Helpful Resources:STARS (Sustainable Transportation Analysis & Rating System) Kelly serves on the Steering Committee of PHEAL (Planning for Health Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership), pronounced "feel" - Mission:To reaffirm and expand the commitment of those involved in community planning and public health; to break down the obstacles preventing transdisciplinary, transformative collaboration; to dismantle oppressive systems, beliefs, values, and practices that negatively affect Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, low income, immigrant, and other historically marginalized/under-represented communities (historically overburdened communities with health disparities); and to reorganize our systematic approaches to lead toward the path that will genuinely create and nurture healthy, equitable, and prosperous communities.ITE - Mission: To provide the global community of transportation professionals with the knowledge, practices, skills and connections to serve the needs of their communities and help shape the future of the profession and transportation in the societal context.Vice-chair, ITE Standing Committee on Transportation and HealthTRB Transportation Research Board - which is part of the National Academy of ScienceMember, Transportation Research Board, Standing Committee onTransportation and Public Health (AME70)American Public Health Association, Center for Climate, Health, and EquityShow Credits: Audio Production by Active TownsA not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021Please consider supporting the Active Towns Podcast by making a donation or becoming PatronBe sure to check out our video podcasts on our YouTube ChannelYou can reach John Simmerman by email at john@activetowns.org Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
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