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The War on Cars is a podcast about car culture, mobility and the future of cities. We bring you news, commentary and stories about the worldwide battle to undo a century's worth of damage wrought by the automobile. The War on Cars is waged by three leading voices of the livable streets movement, Doug Gordon, Sarah Goodyear and Aaron Naparstek. Liberate your city. Enlist today in The War on Cars.

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The War on Cars is a podcast about car culture, mobility and the future of cities. We bring you news, commentary and stories about the worldwide battle to undo a century's worth of damage wrought by the automobile. The War on Cars is waged by three leading voices of the livable streets movement, Doug Gordon, Sarah Goodyear and Aaron Naparstek. Liberate your city. Enlist today in The War on Cars.

    The Power of E-Bikes with Congressman Earl Blumenauer

    The Power of E-Bikes with Congressman Earl Blumenauer

    Electric bikes shorten commutes, flatten hills and make cycling accessible to anyone who might need a boost. They’re also great tools for replacing car trips and fighting climate change. Unfortunately, they’re still a little pricey for some people. That could change thanks to a new bill in Congress: the Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment Act. Co-sponsored by Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, the E-BIKE Act would offer a tax credit of 30% of the price of an electric bicycle, something that could bring the joys of e-bike ownership within  reach of more Americans. Congressman Blumenauer joins The War on Cars to discuss the bill, why commuter benefits ought to apply to bicycle sharing systems, and the economic, environmental and social benefits of bike commuting in general. (Spoiler alert: cyclists typically don’t murder each other over parking.) Plus, he offers his thoughts on Democratic control of the House and Senate and the recent appointment of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. 
    ***This episode was sponsored in part by our friends at Cleverhood. For 20% off of stylish, functional rain gear designed specifically for walking and biking — and 30% off their new anorak rain jacket — enter coupon code WARONCARS at checkout.*** 
    Support The War on Cars on Patreon and get cool stickers, access to exclusive bonus content and more.
    SHOW NOTES: 
    Support the E-BIKE Act by contacting your representative in Congress using this handy tool from PeopleForBikes or look up your congressperson and get in touch directly.
    Get the full details on the E-BIKE Act via BikePortland.org
    Learn more about Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s life and career. 
    “E-bikes are expensive, but this congressman wants to make them more affordable” (Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge)
    “E-Bikes for Everyone!” (David Zipper, Slate)
    Get the official War on Cars coffee mug and other merch at our store.
    Rate and Review us on iTunes so more people can find The War on Cars.
    Sign up for our new newsletter, The Dispatch.
    This episode was produced and edited by Doug Gordon. Our music is by Nathaniel Goodyear. Our logo is by Dani Finkel of Crucial D.
    Find us on Twitter: @TheWarOnCars, Doug Gordon @BrooklynSpoke, Sarah Goodyear @buttermilk1, Aaron Naparstek @Naparstek.
    Questions, comments or suggestions? Email us: thewaroncars@gmail.com
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    • 32 min
    Housing for People, Not Cars

    Housing for People, Not Cars

    What would it be like to walk out of your home and see other people instead of cars? Can you imagine opening your door and letting your kids run around outside independently? Residents of Cully Green — a 23-home community in Portland, Oregon developed specifically to encourage a car-free or car-light way of life — don’t have to imagine it. They’re living a life more akin to the idealized version of the suburbs of the past than the reality often found across the country today. Why are developments like this so unusual? Because in most of America it’s illegal to build thanks to single-family zoning. So is Cully Green the kind of thing that could only work in Portland because, you know… Portland? Or is this a model for building better cities and better communities all across the country?
    ***This episode was sponsored in part by our friends at Cleverhood. For 20% off of stylish, functional rain gear designed specifically for walking and biking — and 30% off their new anorak rain jacket — enter coupon code WARONCARS at checkout.*** 
    Support The War on Cars on Patreon and get cool stickers, access to exclusive bonus content and more.
    SHOW NOTES: 
    More about living at Cully Green and Cully Grove, including the bees and chickens.
    14 urban planners weigh in on the single-family zoning debate. (Sidewalk Talk) 
    Community advocacy group Living Cully works to keep the neighborhood affordable and accessible.
    Questioning the single-family ideal. (New York Times)
    Rethinking the American Dream. (Washington Post)
    Get the official War on Cars coffee mug at our new store and check out The War on Cars library at Bookshop.org.
    Rate and review us on iTunes.
     
    This episode was produced by Sarah Goodyear and edited by Ali Lemer. Our music is by Nathaniel Goodyear. Our logo is by Dani Finkel of Crucial D.
    Find us on Twitter: @TheWarOnCars, Doug Gordon @BrooklynSpoke, Sarah Goodyear @buttermilk1, Aaron Naparstek @Naparstek.
    Questions, comments or suggestions? Email us: thewaroncars@gmail.com
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    • 24 min
    EPISODE LVIII

    EPISODE LVIII

    The Super Bowl is more than a football game — it’s a massive opportunity for the auto industry to inject slickly produced propaganda directly into the eyeballs of 100 million television viewers. In these trying times, how did car companies handle the task? What do these ads say about America, politics and the future of our planet? What does Will Ferrell have against Norway? What was up with that Bruce Springsteen ad for Jeep? Aaron, Sarah and Doug critique this carnival of capitalism and consumerism.

    • 46 min
    Test Driving the 2021 Cadillac Escalade with Andrew Hawkins

    Test Driving the 2021 Cadillac Escalade with Andrew Hawkins

    If you’ve ever spent time leafing through a car magazine or, god forbid, watching car reviews on YouTube, then you know that most of what passes for “automotive journalism” is indistinguishable from automobile marketing. That’s why it was so refreshing to read journalist Andrew Hawkins’ review of the 6,000-pound, 18-foot-long, 2021 Cadillac Escalade in The Verge last October. Rather than simply cooing over the latest high-tech doodads and distractions, Andrew reviewed the $80,000+ luxury truck from the perspective of the people who will be walking, biking, and trying to live their lives on city streets with this gargantuan SUV and its distracted driver in their midst. Aaron chats with Andrew about his stressful test drive of the new Escalade, his confrontation with the product managers at Cadillac, and the role that journalism can (or, perhaps, can’t) play in compelling policy makers and the automobile industry to change for the better. 
    This episode was sponsored by our friends at Cleverhood. For 20% off of stylish, functional rain gear designed specifically for walking and biking -- and 30% off on their new anorak rain jacket -- enter coupon code: WARONCARS when you check out. 
    Support The War on Cars on Patreon.
    Rate and review the podcast on iTunes.
    Get an official War on Cars coffee mug at our new store! And buy a War on Cars t-shirt at Cotton Bureau.
    Check out The War on Cars library at Bookshop.org.
    SHOW NOTES: 
    Andrew Hawkins’ initial tweet with the photo of his three-year-old son in front of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade. 

    “Driving the 2021 Cadillac Escalade was one of the most stressful experiences of my life.” By Andrew Hawkins in The Verge.
    Death on foot: America's love of SUVs is killing pedestrians (Detroit Free Press)
    Better car design could prevent pedestrian deaths, says NTSB report (Curbed)
    2021 Cadillac Escalade Review // “The $100,000 Benchmark For Ballers” (Throttle House)
    Also check out Episode 48 of The War on Cars: Right of Way with Angie Schmitt and Episode 35: Suburbans in the City.
    This episode was produced by Aaron Naparstek and edited by Ali Lemer. Our music is by Nathaniel Goodyear. Our logo is by Dani Finkel of Crucial D Design.
    Find us on Twitter: @TheWarOnCars, Doug Gordon @BrooklynSpoke, Sarah Goodyear @buttermilk1, Aaron Naparstek @Naparstek.
    Questions, comments or suggestions? Email us: thewaroncars@gmail.com
    TheWarOnCars.org

    • 33 min
    Humane Streets with Anil Dash

    Humane Streets with Anil Dash

    Cars are a bit like the internet comments section of the real world. Driving can be done anonymously, dividing people from others and even leading to aggressive behavior. Cars are even used to express personal identity. To unpack the similarities between online communication and personal transportation, Doug talks to Anil Dash, the tech entrepreneur who’s served as a sharp and thoughtful critic of the industry in which he has spent his career. Is a better internet possible? And what would Prince think?

    • 51 min
    Mayor Pete at the Drive-Thru

    Mayor Pete at the Drive-Thru

    In this roundup, Aaron, Sarah and Doug take listener voice memos and respond to stories that flew across the War on Cars news desk. Is Mayor Pete Buttigieg as the next Transportation Secretary good or bad? What will it mean for the future of the “third space” now that fast food restaurants retooling their parking lots and drive-thrus? What’s the connection between a diesel tampering scandal in America and a public health case in the UK? And what will it take to sustain the pandemic-induced bike boom?

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Bicycle Advocate ,

At last, someone is calling out the harm that cars are causing to our cities.

The social, environmental and physical harm of having too many cars in our cities has been brushed under the carpet by nervous politicians frightened of being accused of waging a war on cars. Now that war has been declared they must choose a side, and do must we. Great podcast, professionally presented with lashings of humor. The presenters have fun commenting on the promises and failings of a lifestyle centred around the automobile which affects us all.

wisertiger ,

My must listen podcast.

Really these 3 do such a great job. Each show is varied, engaging and informative. Very enjoyable and addressing one of the biggest issues of our time. # bancars

Tb1984 ,

Fun and informative

I love this podcast. The hosts are fun and amiable, and often self deprecating. They discuss real life sensible approaches to problems most cities are facing these days, but also with an ounce of humor and relaxed joviality. Refreshing.

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