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Hosted by journalist and urbanist Tim Querengesser, Walkcast talks walkability in cities by walking it. Each episode takes experts and people passionate about cities out on a walk to talk about what's working as they do so, what isn't, and what needs to change.

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Hosted by journalist and urbanist Tim Querengesser, Walkcast talks walkability in cities by walking it. Each episode takes experts and people passionate about cities out on a walk to talk about what's working as they do so, what isn't, and what needs to change.

    Walkcast: Why walking in winter sucks

    Walkcast: Why walking in winter sucks

    As Edmonton prepares to look at its snow and ice clearing policies, we catch up with two people who hope things change.

    Giselle General came to Canada from the Philippines. But while many people told her how bad winter here would be, they didn't tell her how to walk. Some interesting things happened as a result.

    In act two we talk with Bean Gill, who runs ReYu Paralysis Recovery Centre in Edmonton. Bean lost her ability to walk about six years ago. Rolling around in the snow has changed her perspective on where cities lose the plot on accessibility.

    • 11 min
    Walkcast Ep. 09 — 'Failure': How one family has lost faith with Edmonton's Vision Zero campaign

    Walkcast Ep. 09 — 'Failure': How one family has lost faith with Edmonton's Vision Zero campaign

    As Edmonton councillors prepare to inspect the city's latest Vision Zero report we catch up with two people who have lost faith in the project.

    Jane Cardillo and Steve Finkelman lost their son, David, after a driver struck him in a crosswalk on Whyte Avenue in 2014. They were powerful advocates for Vision Zero.

    But now, four years later, after few results and what they describe as a reticence to rock the boat, they say they are disillusioned with Edmonton's implementation of Vision Zero. They hope a private group takes it away from the city.

    Please support Walkcast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/rss/timquerengess…2Bt2ho6yXuaLS3c6Y

    • 29 min
    Walkcast Ep. 08 — Missed Connections

    Walkcast Ep. 08 — Missed Connections

    "When the LRT came to our neighbourhood, it was designed for an arena and a mall," says Scott Rollans, a resident of Central McDougall in Edmonton.

    In episode eight we ponder how that happened. Just who is LRT for? Is it for things and for people with money? Or is it for people who are on their feet and need transportation options?

    Edmonton recently built a $655M LRT called the Metro Line right through Central McDougall. The line famous for all the wrong reasons, the main one being its signals do not work and that's messing up the rest of the city's system. But beyond that, for residents of Central McDougall, it's famous for rolling through without stopping.

    The episode references a story by @estolte. Here's the link (http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/edmontons-top-10-neighbourhoods-might-be-unexpected-gems-u-of-a-students)

    Please support Walkcast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/rss/timquerengess…2Bt2ho6yXuaLS3c6Y

    • 11 min
    Walkcast Ep. 07 - LIFTING THE VEIL

    Walkcast Ep. 07 - LIFTING THE VEIL

    In episode seven we explore the intersection of walkability and accessibility on the still wintery streets of Calgary.

    Blogger and Twitter phenom Mike Morrison (@mikesbloggity) takes us for a walk and shows us just how bad snow clearing is on his city's sidewalks and pedestrian spaces.

    Morrison says he never thought about snow and sidewalks until he met a friend in a wheelchair, who struggles to get to work throughout winter. Now, Morrison can't see anything but problems whenever he goes for a walk. And he's calling for change.

    ** Apologies for some wind rustle. A chinook was rolling in the day we taped the episode.

    Please support Walkcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/rss/timquerengesser?auth=AGUxLUdTWNvFwmZ2Bt2ho6yXuaLS3c6Y

    • 17 min
    Walkcast Ep. 06 - Walking The Talk On Urban LRT

    Walkcast Ep. 06 - Walking The Talk On Urban LRT

    Urban LRT is supposed to revitalize neighbourhoods and put walkers first. So what does it mean when one resident along a future line in Edmonton says the design discussion is being driven by the concerns of motorists?

    • 14 min
    WALKCAST Ep. 05: The Nice Approach

    WALKCAST Ep. 05: The Nice Approach

    Rather than scream and throw accusations, Julie Kusiek and her group worked tirelessly to keep it positive and get their city to rebuild their streets to be more walkable and livable. Their approach could be the blueprint for how to get results.

    • 16 min

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