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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.

    Return of the Vermonter

    Return of the Vermonter

    On July 19, 2020, Amtrak restarted passenger rail service on its Vermonter line after a 16-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You wouldn’t necessarily think that this would be all that big of a deal. The Vermonter runs just one train per day in each direction between Washington, D.C., and St. Albans, a small town near the Canadian border. This train is kind of slow, frequently late, and only serves 100,000 passengers a year — a drop in the bucket compared to nearby Interstate highways. And yet, in the village of Bellows Falls, the return of the Vermonter was cause for major celebration and an outpouring of civic pride. Why does intercity train service mean to a small town like Bellows Falls? And what is it about the train that people love so much?
    ***This episode is sponsored in part by our friends at Cleverhood. For 20% off stylish, functional rain gear designed specifically for walking and biking enter coupon code BANCARS at checkout now through November 1.*** 
    Support The War on Cars on Patreon and get cool stickers, access to exclusive bonus content and more.
    SHOW NOTES:
    In Bellows Falls, train love runs deep. (Brattleboro Reformer)
    Amtrak returns to Vermont after a 16-month pandemic absence. (VT Digger)
    A presentation by Carl Fowler of the Vermont Rail Advisory Council on the history and evolution of rail passenger service in Vermont and northern New England. (Sustainable Transportation Vermont)
    The mysterious petroglyphs of Bellows Falls. (Obscure Vermont)
    Bellows Falls history and historic photos. (Lost New England)
    Ride the Vermonter and go see some leaves turn colors. (Amtrak)
    Get official War on Cars merch at our store.
    Check out The War on Cars library at Bookshop.org.
    Follow, rate and review us on iTunes!
    This episode was produced by Aaron Naparstek and edited by Ali Lemer. Original music scoring and sound design by Bob Pounding. Our theme music is by Nathaniel Goodyear. Our logo is by Dani Finkel of Crucial D.
    Find us on Twitter: @TheWarOnCars, Sarah Goodyear @buttermilk1, Aaron Naparstek @Naparstek, Doug Gordon @BrooklynSpoke. 
    Questions, comments or suggestions? Email us: thewaroncars@gmail.com
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    • 28 min
    The E-Bike Radicalization of Jessica Valenti

    The E-Bike Radicalization of Jessica Valenti

    Jessica Valenti, the noted feminist writer, was curious about e-bikes. So, as one does, she posted a question about them to Twitter. Thus began her path to radicalization. After buying an e-bike of her own, she quickly found how life-changing it was — a not uncommon feeling among the converted. A lifelong New Yorkers, Jessica found that riding an e-bike changed her perspective on the city and offered her new insight on being a woman in public space. In this spirited and far-reaching conversation, Jessica talks about e-bikes as vehicles of feminist empowerment, means of escaping harassment and good plain fun. Plus, we dig into history and discuss the similarities between the "resting bitch face" of today and the "bicycle face" of the late 1800s.
    ***This episode was sponsored in part by our friends at Cleverhood. For 20% off of stylish, functional rain gear designed specifically for walking and cycling, enter coupon code BANCARS at checkout now through November 1st.***
    Support The War on Cars on Patreon and get cool stickers, access to exclusive bonus content and more.
    ***Get tickets for The War on Cars: Live in New York! Tuesday, November 2nd at Caveat in Manhattan.***
    SHOW NOTES:
    Learn more about Jessica Valenti. (JessicaValenti.com)
    Thanks to riding an e-bike, Jessica Valenti's road rage "has ascended." (Twitter)
    "Bicycle face": a 19th-century health problem made up to scare women away from biking. (Vox)
    Check out the work of Bekka Wright, the artist also known as "Bikeyface. (Bikeface)
    Episode 7: Nice Legs, Dude (The War on Cars)
    Get official War on Cars merch at our store.
    Read up with books from The War on Cars library at Bookshop.org.
    Follow, rate and review us on iTunes.
    This episode was edited by Ali Lemer and engineered by Josh Wilcox at the Brooklyn Podcasting Studio. Our music is by Nathaniel Goodyear. Our logo is by Dani Finkel of Crucial D.
    Email us: thewaroncars@gmail.com
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    • 40 min
    SUMMER SPECIAL: Meet Mr. Barricade

    SUMMER SPECIAL: Meet Mr. Barricade

    This episode was originally released as a Patreon exclusive. Become a Patreon supporter of The War on Cars for bonus episodes, early releases and more.
    Combine a deep love of cities and urban planning with a penchant for wearing stylish suits, smooth dance moves set to Swedish rap music and a curious fascination with drainage and what do you get? Mr. Barricade, an unlikely TikTok star. Vignesh Swaminathan, who runs his own engineering and design firm in California, has built a huge following on the video-sharing platform based on his unique ability to explain everything from how protected intersections work in busy downtowns to the ongoing impacts of redlining and segregation. Doug talks to Vignesh about his viral videos, tricks for successfully fighting racism online and the power of TikTok to help people see and experience their streets and communities in new ways.
    SHOW NOTES:
    Follow Mr. Barricade on TikTok.
    Learn more about Crossroad Lab, Vigesh Swaminathan’s engineering and urban design firm.
    Read all about Vignesh in the San Jose Mercury News.
    Pick up official War on Cars merch at our store.
    Receive 20% off the purchase of stylish rain gear for walking and cycling from our friends at Cleverhood by entering code WARONCARS at checkout.
    Buy books from podcast guests and check out The War on Cars reading list at Bookshop.org.

    • 29 min
    SUMMER SPECIAL: Being Gary Fisher, the Interview

    SUMMER SPECIAL: Being Gary Fisher, the Interview

    To celebrate the last days of summer, we're re-releasing our Patreon special interview with the man who introduced the world to mountain biking: Gary Fisher. Sarah talks with Gary about his sometimes psychedelic autobiography, Being Gary Fisher and the Bicycle Revolution. We also got his opinions on the failed promise of the automobile, the bike boom of the late '70s, and what the world can learn from COVID about building better streets. 

    • 21 min
    TEASER: Going Viral With Tom Flood

    TEASER: Going Viral With Tom Flood

    Tom Flood used to work in the ad industry in Toronto on campaigns for clients in the auto industry. Today he's a bit of a rebel and uses the power of social media and smart video editing to poke fun at car companies and the kind of commercials that often glorify reckless driving.
     
    If you've ever seen commercials for cars like the Dodge Carger then you'll appreciate what Tom does. He takes those amped-up ads and edits in images of his cute kids riding their bikes, making the point that fast cars don't exist in the fantasy world of Madison Avenue but on real avenues and streets shared with people.
     
    Recently Toms Twitter account was suspended without explanation. Was it a mistake? A conspiracy by Big Auto? In this bonus episode just for Patreon supporters, Tom joins The War on Cars to break it all down.
     
    Follow Tom Flood at his new Twitter account, @TomFloodOne
     
    "These aren't accidents. They're results."
     
    Check out Tom's creative firm, Rovélo Creative.
     
    Save 20% on all apparel orders at The War on Cars store with code SUMMERSALE now through August 31st. 

    • 3 min
    A Word From Our Listeners

    A Word From Our Listeners

    We held our very first War on Cars Meetup in Brooklyn a few weekends ago. We actually started planning this event almost two years ago but, you know... a global pandemic kind of got in the way. After so many months of relative social isolation it was great to gather in person, see old friends, meet new friends, and talk with so many of our passionate, dedicated listeners. Part of what was special about the Meetup was its location. Not very long ago, if you had tried to host a social gathering in the middle of Vanderbilt Avenue, you’d have gotten squashed by a speeding car. In 2006, New York City’s Dept. of Transportation experimented with its very first “road diet” on Vanderbilt Ave. Today, it’s one of New York City’s most successful car-free open streets. It’s a place to experience how nice it can be when streets are designed and managed as community spaces rather than traffic sewers.
    ***This episode is sponsored in part by our friends at Cleverhood. For 20% off of stylish, functional rain gear designed specifically for walking and biking 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:
    Vanderbilt Avenue: Open Streets, Good Vibes
    Eyes on the Street: A Refuge on Vanderbilt (Streetsblog)
    How New Yorkers Want to Change the Streetscape for Good (New York Times)
    Statistics on how the Vanderbilt Avenue “road diet” is working (New York City Dept. of Transportation)
    Get official War on Cars merch, including apparel, pins, patches, stickers and more at our store.
    Check out The War on Cars library at Bookshop.org.
    Rate and review us on Apple Podcasts.
    This episode was produced and edited by Aaron Naparstek. 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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    • 18 min

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Awesome podcast, totally relevant

The title may seem radical, but it hits right to the point if you think about it. So many people are injured and killed by cars - it’s only fair to fight back. To get these grizzly killing machines off of our streets. #VisionZero

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