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Fight for Our Lives w/  Doug Gordon

Fight for Our Lives w/ Doug Gordon

Update: 2021-02-26


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 stuff

The War of Cars Podcast

Brooklyn Spoke Media

Doug's Twitter Account - BrooklynSpoke and the original blog

The New Republic article by Doug about changes to our streets due to the pandemic

A recent The Daily News opinion piece by Doug about stopping the carnage on our streets

Transportation Alternatives - Streets for People organization



Brooklyn Bridge bike lane story

Oakland Slow Streets and Essential Places Program

Slower Speeds article, AAA-CO Study

AARP Livable Communities Program

Streetfight book by Janette Sadik-Khan

Designing for "All Ages & Abilities" - NACTO Guide 

Protected bike lanes/facilities via NACTO and from City of Austin

How the Dutch handle the snow on cycle tracks and bridges

Woom bikes episode 

Induced Demand - definition
Paris transformations article

Active Towns Paris profile video

Vision Zero NYC and the National Network

Families for Safe Streets 


Tactical Urbanism

NYC Summer Streets

Show Credits:

Audio Production by Active Towns

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Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021

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Fight for Our Lives w/  Doug Gordon

Fight for Our Lives w/ Doug Gordon

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