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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.

    It's Finally Infrastructure Week

    It's Finally Infrastructure Week

    From “sexy bike lanes” to just what constitutes a “bicycle accident,” transportation is making headlines like never before. Aaron, Sarah and Doug are together again to consider the burning questions filling our airwaves and social media feeds right now. Will US DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg force all Americans to ride cargo bikes filled with Dr. Seuss books and dump them in a compost pile, or is that just a Fox News fever dream? Is New York’s congestion pricing plan, the first in the nation, finally about to get rolling? And is it really part of a de Blasio/Cuomo/Biden war on cars? What can Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo teach us all about the harms of highway widening? What should be done about e-bike batteries? Plus, is America down with VMT? 
    This episode was sponsored in part by Cleverhood. To celebrate the arrival of spring, War on Cars listers can now receive 25% 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: 
    Industry needs to clean up electric batteries, including the ones that power your e-bike. 
    Shawn Bradley wasn’t injured in a “bicycle accident.” He was injured when a driver hit him with a car.
    Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo explains everything wrong with expanding highways.
    The US DOT is using the Civil Rights Act to pause the widening of 1-45 near Houston.
    A US Congresswoman thinks Bill de Blasio, Andrew Cuomo and Joe Biden are waging a war on cars.
    Fox News freaks out over “sexy bike lanes.”
    It might be time to use Vehicle Miles Traveled to tax drivers instead of just the gas tax.
    Secretary Pete appears to walk back a VMT tax.
    Get the official War on Cars coffee mug, t-shirts and our new “Cars Are Death Machines” sticker  at our new store. Plus, check out The War on Cars library at Bookshop.org.
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    WCAR theme music by Michael Hearst. Sound effects by deleted_user_3544904 at freesound.org.
    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.
    Find us on Twitter: @TheWarOnCars, Doug Gordon @BrooklynSpoke, Sarah Goodyear @buttermilk1, Aaron Naparstek @Naparstek.
    Email us: thewaroncars@gmail.com
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    • 37 min
    TEASER: Lessons from Copenhagen with Mikael Colville-Andersen

    TEASER: Lessons from Copenhagen with Mikael Colville-Andersen

    Mikael Colville-Andersen is an urban designer, TV host and writer whose name is practically synonymous with Copenhagen, bicycling and smart urban design. Doug had a chance to interview him for this special bonus episode.
    The full interview is available exclusively to Patreon subscribers of The War on Cars.
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    • 2 min
    Jamelle Bouie Has Seen the Future of Transportation

    Jamelle Bouie Has Seen the Future of Transportation

    New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie has been riding an electric-assist bicycle around Charlottesville, Virginia for almost a year now, and he is convinced: E-bikes are the future of transportation. Not only has the e-bike transformed his own personal mobility, it has changed the way he looks at his city and gotten him more deeply involved in local planning and policy-making. In this one-on-one conversation, Jamelle and Aaron start off discussing e-bikes and end up talking about what it’s going to take to push America’s sclerotic political system to solve increasingly urgent housing and transportation crises in U.S. cities. Plus, Jamelle offers some helpful advice to anyone accused of waging a war on cars or fanning the flames of America’s culture wars.

    This episode was sponsored in part by Cleverhood. To celebrate the arrival of spring, War on Cars listers can now receive 25% 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: 
    Find Jamelle Bouie’s New York Times column here, a lot of his photography is here, his Twitter account is here, and his personal web site is here. 
    Feb. 17, 2020: “Our next major household purchase is going to be an e-bike!”
    Feb. 26, 2021: “seriously i’m convinced that e-bikes are the future of transportation”
    Why housing in Charlottesville is so expensive. 
    “Ted Cruz’s Excellent Adventure” (New York Times)
    “2020 Shows Why the Electoral College Is Stupid and Immoral” (New York Times)
    Slate’s Jamelle Bouie is also a pretty good street photographer (Washingtonian) 
    Pillsbury Funfetti Cereal, Reviewed (Serious Eats)
    The Tern GSD e-bike. 
    Get the official War on Cars coffee mug, t-shirts and more 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 Aaron Naparstek 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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    • 34 min
    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 automobile industry to inject slickly produced propaganda directly into the eyeballs of over 100 million television viewers. In these trying times, how did car companies handle the task of making their pitch to the public? What do these ads, dripping with nostalgia, 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? And what about all the ads that weren’t directly about cars but had everything to do with car culture? Aaron, Sarah and Doug critique this carnival of capitalism and consumerism.
    ***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 check out.*** 
    Support The War on Cars on Patreon and get stickers, access to exclusive bonus content and more.
    Rate and review the podcast on iTunes.
    Get the official War on Cars coffee mug at our new store.
    Check out The War on Cars library at Bookshop.org.
    SHOW NOTES: 
    Vulture rounds up all the 2021 Super Bowl Commercials.
    Emily Atkin of Heated wants to talk about GM’s Norway ad. Was it cover for the company’s many years of climate denial?
    Norway had a “56 percent EV market share for sales in 2019 while they were just 2 percent in the US.” (Lili Pike at Vox.com)
    “If Bruce Springsteen’s Jeep commercial doesn’t bum you out, congrats on the purchase of your new Jeep.” (Chris Richards at The Washington Post)
    This episode was 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
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
592 Ratings

592 Ratings

Adam Haller ,

The Car War on Humanity

Another title for this thought provoking podcast might be “The Car War on Humanity”.

Each episode features a mix of skepticism of the status quo, good banter amongst the hosts, and powerful interviews with influential people.

If you’re just happy with car life, and drive everywhere and enjoy new cars every few years, you’ll still enjoy this show. Indeed, it is geared to you. It might help you see other ways, that could save you thousands of dollars a year in costs, and maybe even save your life.

If you’re a bike riding transit user, listen too. You will feel OK about your lack of a car and learn while being entertained.

musicman972 ,

Love the war on cars!

five stars

Davííd ,

Fantastic interview with Jamelle Bouie

Keep up the great work!

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