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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.

Active Towns John Simmerman

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 14 Ratings

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.

    The Compelling Why for Low-Car Cities w/ Melissa & Chris Bruntlett

    The Compelling Why for Low-Car Cities w/ Melissa & Chris Bruntlett

    In this week's episode, John catches up with the Bruntletts "on the eve" of the release of their much anticipated second book, Curbing Traffic - The Human Case for Fewer Cars in Our Lives. It's a long one as they were gracious enough to provide a brief overview of each of the ten main chapters in the book. Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Livable Streets 2.0 w/ Bruce Appleyard

    Livable Streets 2.0 w/ Bruce Appleyard

    In this extended episode, John has a detailed conversation with Professor Bruce Appleyard author of Livable Streets 2.0, a fabulous tribute to his late father, Donald Appleyard, and his classic urbanism text Livable Streets.

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Redefining SLC's Wide Open Street-Spaces w/ Jon Larsen, Transportation Division Director

    Redefining SLC's Wide Open Street-Spaces w/ Jon Larsen, Transportation Division Director

    Salt Lake City's historic grid features massively wide streets and incredibly long blocks, but its origin isn't rooted in car-centric design, rather it was a practical solution to freight logistics - the ability to do a u-turn with a team of oxen or horses driving a cart or carriage. Since 2017 Jon Larsen and his team have been striving to reimagine what this space can be and who it serves with the systematic, incremental installation of safer, more inviting "All Ages & Abilities" active mobility infrastructure.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Exploring Pocket Neighborhoods w/ Ross Chapin

    Exploring Pocket Neighborhoods w/ Ross Chapin

    In this week's episode, John catches up with Ross Chapin, Architect, community advocate, and author of the class best-selling book Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    A FUNctional Ride w/ Brandon Lust aka @AmericanFietser

    A FUNctional Ride w/ Brandon Lust aka @AmericanFietser

    In this episode, John connects with Brandon Lust also known as @AmericanFietser on Twitter for a conversation about how a pickup truck-driving guy from rural Illinois became an advocate for Dutch cycling, safer streets, and electric-assist cargo bikes.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Rolling into Resilience w/ Professor Billy Fields

    Rolling into Resilience w/ Professor Billy Fields

    In this week's episode, John connects with Dr. Billy Fields, Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas State University. The discussion addresses the freedom that comes from mobility choice, the progress being made in San Marcos, and the annual study abroad program he leads to The Netherlands. We also talk about his newly released book, Adaptation Urbanism and Resilient Communities: Transforming Streets to Address Climate Change published by Routledge.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

cometpants ,

It got me on my bike!

Awesome interviews with active transportation movers and shakers. You’ll learn something new, be inspired to dig deeper, and have a good time! It’s inspired me and my family to get out and ride around our city!

dh8148531 ,

Great Show!

John’s interviews span a wide range of interests and perspectives and I’m always glad to hear the back and forth. Learn something every time!

Katie Walks 😊 ,

Positivity in a podcast!

Always enjoy listening to John’s interviews! He makes a concerted effort to focus on the best of what is happening in the Active Towns around the world. His guests are well-respected and expert in their respective domains. I always learn something new with the release of every episode. 👍

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