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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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 606 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.

    The One Where They Go Back to the Studio

    The One Where They Go Back to the Studio

    We’re vaxxed and we’re back. In this very special reunion episode, Sarah, Doug and Aaron return to the studio for the first time in fifteen months. Fifteen months! The COVID-19 pandemic has been a wild, earth-shattering, world-historic event with far-reaching implications for The War on Cars and pretty much everything else. We revisit some of our predictions from the beginning of the lockdown, take stock of what has changed and what has not, and chatter nervously about the lack of ventilation in the studio. Plus: We review Ford’s new, multi-ton. all-electric, pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning. Spoiler: It’s bad. 
    ***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 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:
    Episode 39: Riding Out the Pandemic, March 20, 2020. (The War on Cars)
    Episode 40: Field Dispatches from Four Continents, March 29, 2020. (The War on Cars)
    Ad for the All-Electric F-150 Lightning: Turning Electric Into Lightning. (YouTube)
    The Lightning weighs 6,500 pounds! 35 percent more than the gas-powered model. (Slate)

    It’s got lots of torque and its massive battery can power your home for three days while your neighbors deal with rolling blackouts on the rickety public grid. (The Drive) 
    Get official War on Cars merch at our store.
    Check out The War on Cars library at Bookshop.org.
    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.
    Find us on Twitter: @TheWarOnCars, Sarah Goodyear @buttermilk1, Aaron Naparstek @Naparstek, Doug Gordon @BrooklynSpoke. 
    Questions, comments or suggestions? Email us: thewaroncars@gmail.com
    TheWarOnCars.org

    • 34 min
    TEASER: Building LEGO Cities with Sean Kenney

    TEASER: Building LEGO Cities with Sean Kenney

    ***This is a quick preview of a bonus episode. Become a Patreon Supporter of The War on Cars for access to the complete episode and all our exclusive content. Plus, we'll send you stickers!***
    Sean Kenney, one of the voices in Episode 65, “Where are the Bike Lanes in Lego City?” is an artist and self-described “professional kid” who designs and creates amazing sculpture and other works of art using nothing but LEGO pieces. Sean provided the original episode with a highly informed perspective on Lego’s history and design choices over the years.
    In this extended conversation just for Patreon supporters of The War on Cars, Sean explains why he moved his family — as well as his enormous LEGO collection — from Brooklyn to Amsterdam, a city that he described as one that was “fully cooked” before the arrival of the automobile. He also provides further theories as to the longtime lack of bicycles Legoland, dives deeper into the evolution of LEGO cars and trucks, explains the unique design challenges that make adding bike lanes to LEGO road plates difficult and waxes poetic about building his idea of a perfect city.
    SHOW NOTES:
    Visit Sean Kenney’s official website.
    Purchase a copy of Sean’s book, Cool City, and other titles by podcast guests at the official War on Cars Bookshop.org page or at your local bookstore.
    Follow Sean Kenney on Instagram.

    • 3 min
    Where are the Bike Lanes in Lego City?

    Where are the Bike Lanes in Lego City?

    Why are there no bike lanes in LEGO City? That’s a question Marcel Steeman, a regional councillor in the Netherlands, asked himself one day in 2016 while assembling some LEGO sets with his kids. As a Dutchman, he thought the lack of bike lanes on LEGO’s thin plastic road plates was weird. Even weirder, The LEGO Group is based in Denmark, one of the most bike-friendly nations on the planet! How could a Danish company not include bike lanes in its city-themed sets?
    When Marcel submitted a proposal for new road plates with bike lanes to the company, LEGO rejected the idea, telling him the idea was too political. What’s political about bike lanes? As anyone who’s tried to change a street in a real city can tell you, the answer is everything.
    What happens when one of the best selling toys in history doesn’t offer children the tools to build a world where it’s possible to get around without a car? And why does it matter to a bunch of adults?
    ***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 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: 
    Read friend-of-the-podcast Andrew J. Hawkins at the Verge, who’s been covering the quest to bring bike lanes to LEGO City. 
    Check out Marcel Steeman’s bike lane design at LEGO Ideas. And here’s Marco te Brömmelstroet, the Cycling Professor, asking why LEGO City is so “car centric” back in 2019.
    Sean Kenney creates amazing sculptures and art with LEGO bricks. Pick up a copy of his book, Cool City, so you can learn to build your own LEGO cities for people, bikes and transit.
    Learn more about the New England Lego Users Group. 
    Read Thalia Verkade at The Correspondent. (In Dutch.)
    Get official War on Cars merch at our store.
    Check out The War on Cars library at Bookshop.org.
    Rate and review us on iTunes!
    This episode was produced, recorded and edited by Doug Gordon. Music is by Stationary Sign and National Anthem Worx, courtesy of Epidemic Sound. The War on Cars theme 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
    TheWarOnCars.org

    • 39 min
    TEASER: Meet Mr. Barricade

    TEASER: Meet Mr. Barricade

    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. In this Patreon bonus episode just for supporters of The War on Cars, Doug talks to Mr. Barricade 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.
    Become a Patreon supporter of The War on Cars for access to this episode and all exclusive content. As thanks, we'll also send you stickers!
    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.
     

    • 5 min
    The Driver

    The Driver

    This show usually focuses on the victims of traffic violence, and that is where the focus belongs. But in this episode, we hear the first-person story of a woman, Shane Snowdon, who killed someone with her car. 
    It happened more than 20 years ago, when she hit an 18-year-old man named Guillermo Venancio on a scenic road in California, ending his life in an instant. It’s a difficult story to hear. But we think it can help us understand the reality of a transportation system built around cars and driving. When people have to use a machine that’s as deadly as a loaded gun to do everything — go to work, take the kids to baseball practice, buy a quart of milk — it isn’t that hard for an ordinary person to become a killer. 
    On some level, we all know this. But when we hear about a traffic crash, we think, that’s something that only happens to other drivers. We don’t like to believe that we could be responsible for taking another human being’s life. It’s a worst-case scenario we keep hidden from ourselves. Shane wants people to know that it can happen to them. That’s why she reached out and asked to tell her story on The War on Cars.
    This episode was produced by Sarah Goodyear, with editing and sound design by Ali Lemer. The music is from Blue Dot Sessions.
    Lear more about Families for Safe Streets.
     

    • 26 min
    TEASER: The Miracle Pill with Peter Walker

    TEASER: The Miracle Pill with Peter Walker

    From cities built for driving at the expense of walking and cycling to jobs that keep people sitting at their desks all day and neighborhoods where children aren't free to roam, it can be challenging for anyone to get the kind of activity needed to keep them healthy. In his new book, The Miracle Pill: Why a Sedentary World is Getting It All Wrong, journalist Peter Walker chronicles the global crisis of inactivity, the pioneering epidemiologists who first noticed its effects, and the people and places working to get people moving. The full interview is available exclusively to Patreon subscribers of The War on Cars. Join The War on Cars today for access to this episode and all premium content. Starting at just $2/month, you'll also get free stickers and other goodies.

    • 4 min

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Erosion of cities or the attrition of automobiles

More than a half century ago, Jane Jacobs wrote that we had a choice between the erosion of cities or the attrition of automobiles. Today we know she was right, and that not only cities but our lives have been eroded by cars and car ownership. The War on Cars is a renewed call to reclaim our cities, to improve our lives, and to fight back against the industries and politicians that don’t want us to engage in such low-cost activities as walking and cycling. The title is wry but the subject is deadly serious. Long live The War on Cars.

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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.

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Love the war on cars!

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