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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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    • 5.0 • 46 Ratings

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.

    TEASER: Let's Crush These Dirt Bikes with Alex Pareene

    TEASER: Let's Crush These Dirt Bikes with Alex Pareene

    ***This is a preview of a short bonus episode just for Patreon supporters. Become a Patreon supporter of The War on Cars for ad-free access to this and all our exclusive content. Plus, we’ll send you stickers!***
    The New Republic's Alex Pareene joined us for Episode 78, "311 is a Joke," and we had a lot of fun. We chatted about the battle for scarce street space in the big city and the role that municipal government plays (and doesn't play) in sorting it all out (or not). As often happens when we get going in the studio, our conversation with Alex ran long and some good stuff didn't make it into the final cut. In this bonus episode, we learn about Alex's step-dad Chuck from North Dakota and hear from New York City's now-former Mayor Bill de Blasio as he attempts to destroy a bunch of dirt bikes on Staten Island. 

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    311 is a Joke With Alex Pareene

    311 is a Joke With Alex Pareene

    Alex Pareene, a contributing editor to The New Republic and the author of The AP (Alex Pareene) Newsletter, joins the podcast to talk about his recent run of stories on cars, parking and the competition for scarce space on city streets. We discuss 311 — the non-emergency phone number for accessing municipal services — and what it tells us about how government works (or doesn't work). What message are police sending when they fail to enforce illegal parking? As far as driving is concerned, does anything go? And how does Elon Musk's insistence on beta-testing Full Self-Driving on public streets relate to it all?
    ***This episode is sponsored by our friends at Cleverhood.***
    Support The War on Cars on Patreon for access to ad-free bonus content.
    SHOW NOTES:
    Subscribe to The AP (Alex Pareene) Newsletter.
    Read Alex in The New Republic.
    Listen to The Politics of Everything.
    "The Lawlessness that Cops Ignore." (The Atlantic)
    "Losing a Streetfight to Elon Musk." (The AP)
    Read "Fighting Traffic" by Peter Norton.
    Get official War on Cars merch at our store.
    Purchase books by podcast guests at Bookshop.org.
    Follow and review us on iTunes. It helps people find us!
    Twitter: @TheWarOnCars
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    • 34 min
    TEASER: Cars as a Virus with Hermann Knoflacher

    TEASER: Cars as a Virus with Hermann Knoflacher

    ***This is a preview of a bonus episode. Become a Patreon supporter of The War on Cars for ad-free access to this and all our exclusive content.***
    Perhaps you've seen pictures of a person walking around in a large, wearable wooden frame meant to illustrate the space taken up by one person in a private automobile. That's the gehzeug — or walkmobile — and it was invented by the Austrian civil engineer and professor Herman Knoflacher.
    Professor Knoflacher, 81, is the head of the Institute of Transportation at the Vienna University of Technology. Long before the current global pandemic, he compared cars to a virus. It's a provocative analogy, but Knoflacher makes a compelling case. And rather than searching for vaccines and other ways to fight this particular threat, humanity has actively helped the spread of cars, much to the detriment of the built environment, children's health and safety and even our future on this planet.
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    Curbing Traffic with Melissa and Chris Bruntlett

    Curbing Traffic with Melissa and Chris Bruntlett

    In 2019, Melissa and Chris Bruntlett and their two children moved from Vancouver to the small city of Delft in the Netherlands. The experience of transitioning to and living in a place that puts people first over automobiles forms the basis for Curbing Traffic: The Human Case for Fewer Cars in Our Lives. The book, the Bruntlett's second on the lessons offered by Dutch cities, explains the many benefits of car-free and car-lite spaces, from lower anxiety and stress, better social trust, improved health and increased independence for people of all ages and abilities. Plus, as you'll hear, cities with fewer cars are quiet!
    ***This episode is sponsored by Rad Power Bikes.***
    SHOW NOTES:
    Buy Curbing Traffic and Building the Cycling City by Melissa and Chris Bruntlett, along with titles by other guests of the podcast, at the official War on Cars page at Bookshop.org.
    Learn more about Melissa and Chris at ModacityLife.com
    Support The War on Cars on Patreon and receive access to exclusive ad-free content. Plus, we have a new reward: Water bottles!
    Get official War on Cars merch at our store.
    Follow and review us on Apple Podcasts. It helps people find us.
    Follow us on Twitter: @TheWarOnCars
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    • 38 min
    Smells Like Teen Climate Anxiety

    Smells Like Teen Climate Anxiety

    Young people want to live. It seems kind of basic, right? Anyone over the age of 35 or so probably grew up thinking that the desire to live was something to take for granted, at least on a societal scale. But many members of Gen Z worry that the places they live today will soon be uninhabitable. That they won’t be able to realize their dreams or raise their children the way previous generations did. That their very survival is at stake. And they don’t see meaningful action from the adults in charge. In this episode, we hear from some teens in Brooklyn who are demanding radical improvements in bike infrastructure to make emission-free transportation safe and accessible to all. We also talk with Dr. Elizabeth Marks, a clinical psychologist who has co-authored a new study about climate anxiety in ten thousand young people all over the world. Sixty percent said that they are either “very worried” or “extremely worried” about climate change. There’s a crisis in intergenerational trust. How can we begin to repair the damage?
    ***This episode is sponsored by Rad Power Bikes and Cleverhood.***
    SHOW NOTES:
    Read the preprint of Dr. Elizabeth Marks’s study of climate anxiety among young people. 
    Watch Joe Manchin get confronted by young climate activists.
    Learn about The Tube, a radical proposal for a safe bike network in New York City.
    Support The War on Cars on Patreon and receive access to exclusive ad-free bonus content. Plus we’ll send you stickers.
    Get official War on Cars merch, including our new CARS RUIN CITIES t-shirt, at our store.
    Check out The War on Cars library at Bookshop.org.
    Follow and review us on iTunes. It helps people find us!
    Our theme music is by Nathaniel Goodyear. Our logo is by Dani Finkel of Crucial D.
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    Live at Caveat NYC with Choire Sicha

    Live at Caveat NYC with Choire Sicha

    On Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021, The War on Cars recorded a live show at Caveat on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Our special guest for the evening was Choire Sicha, an editor at large at New York Magazine, who joined us to talk about YIMBYism, "bike fascism" and life in the suburbs. Plus, why does Eric Adams, the newly elected mayor of New York City, need to fix his bike's front fork?
    This episode is sponsored by Rad Power Bikes and Cleverhood. For 20% off the purchase of Cleverhood rain gear, use code HOLIDAYRAIN at checkout through December 31st.
    Become a Patreon supporter of The War on Cars and get access to the full-length video of our live show along with all of our exclusive content.
    Get official War on Cars merch at our store.
    SHOW NOTES:
    Yes, Build the Windowless, Bathroomless Dorm in My Backyard (Choire Sicha at Curbed)
    How to Ride the Bus (Choire Sicha at Curbed)
    Eric Adams' Fork is Backwards (reddit.com/r/NYCbike/)
    Curtis Sliwa Hit By Cab, Does Radio Show Before Going to Hospital (NBC 4)
    Curtis Sliwa vows to end the "war on vehicles." (New York Post)
    This episode was edited by Ali Lemer. It was recorded live at Caveat. Theme music is by Nathaniel Goodyear. Logo is by Dani Finkel of Crucial D. 
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Keysmike09 ,

Win the War - Save the Planet!

I've been following (and enjoying) this podcast with great interest from across "The Pond" in the UK, where we face much the same issues. Presented in an inviting and entertaining manner by three passionate advocates of safer and healthier streets, this is an excellent platform for debate. Thank you and keep up the pressure. PS: I'm writing this on the day the IPPC released its damning report on the influence of human activity on the planet, which only serves to highlight the urgency.

Iamb jones ,

A carefully crafted podcast, pleasure to listen to

These folks dive deep into a different topic each concise episode. The hosts are knowledgable, opinionated and, at times, funny.

Dkoeniwbch ,

Thought provoking

I suppose to give this podcast a go you are probably sympathetic to the cause - so there probably is an element of preaching to the choir. That said, it is very interesting to hear the stories of seasoned activists in the fight to claim cities back for people. The chemistry of the hosts is good, the conversation seems natural and they never wander too far off topic for long. They primarily focus on New York for obvious reasons, and it is interesting as a microcosm but some episodes are completely NYC centric and go into highly local detail, listening from 5000km away I find those episodes less engaging.

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