Active Towns

Active Towns
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..

Up For Anything w/ Pam LeBlanc
Oct 20 • 41 min
In this episode, John catches up with Pam LeBlanc, a free-lance writer based in Austin, TX who is constantly creating content about adventure, fitness, and travel. In addition to chatting about some of her recent and upcoming explorations, they talk about…
Reclaiming the Right of Way w/ Angie Schmitt
Oct 7 • 54 min
In this episode, we dive deep into details of a devastating trend over the past decade where we have seen a dramatic increase in the number and rate of pedestrian fatalities on our roadways.
Bikepacking w/ Ryan Van Duzer (also available in video)
Sep 24 • 52 min
Boom! Here it is folks, our first repeat podcast guest, and our first episode that also features a video version. See show notes for that link.
Parking Reforms w/ Donald Shoup
Sep 11 • 56 min
In this episode, John has a fascinating conversation with Donald Shoup, a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA about how strategic parking policy reforms can help create healthy, vibrant communities.
The Joy of Riding Again w/ Lennard Zinn
Sep 4 • 63 min
In this episode, we have a wide-ranging discussion with Lennard Zinn, former elite-level bike racer, journalist, author, and custom bike builder.
A Wish For Wheels w/ Brad Appel
Aug 29 • 49 min
For the past 16 years the Wish For Wheels non-profit based in Denver, CO has been connecting second-graders in title 1 schools in underserved communities across the country with the joy that a new bicycle brings. A few weeks ago John had the honor of…
Lovable Places & People Habitats w/ Kaid Benfield
Aug 26 • 59 min
For this milestone 40th episode we’re delighted and honored to feature Kaid Benfield, a veteran professional and published author who tirelessly advocates for the creation and celebration of places that people love.
Seville’s “Overnight” Bike Network Success w/ Manuel Calvo
Aug 21 • 57 min
In this episode, we hear from Manu Calvo of Seville, Spain about the extraordinary feat the city achieved in dropping down a nearly complete safe and inviting cycle network in just 18 months.
Rolling Down the Road w/ Commissioner Ellis & Fernando Martinez
Aug 14 • 61 min
The city of Houston, TX is progressing towards a more bicycle-friendly environment in large part because of the leadership, dedication, and support of Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Bike Program Director Fernando Martinez.
A Bike Friendly Episode w/ Bill Nesper
Aug 11 • 54 min
In this episode, we check-in with the Bike League’s Executive Director, Bill Nesper to learn what’s new in the quest to create a more bicycle-friendly nation.
Make a Difference w/ Charles Brown
Aug 1 • 55 min
In this episode, we dive deep into the inequities inherent in our transportation networks with Charles Brown of Rutgers University and we can collectively make a difference in our communities.
All Aboard w/ Mike Christensen
Jul 29 • 48 min
In this episode, Mike Christensen of Salt Lake City, Utah tells us about his new venture the Utah Rail Passengers Association and describes how he’s able to lead a car-light lifestyle in a car-centric western city.
Local Innovations w/ Kyle Wagenschutz & Sara Studdard
Jul 23 • 51 min
In this episode, we touch base with Kyle Wagenschutz and Sara Studdard of the PeopleForBikes Local Innovations Program.
Discussing Our Transport Future w/ Todd Litman
Jul 21 • 61 min
In this episode, we dive into an in-depth discussion with Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute about the exciting connection between land use and transportation.
Live Your Gold Medal Life w/ Susanne Menge
Jul 15 • 62 min
In this episode, John catches up with Susanne Menge a dear friend from Boulder, CO who helps people live their gold medal life.
Exploring Every Street w/ Janelle Naess
Jul 13 • 22 min
In this episode, we hear from one of our podcast listeners who just happens to have an inspiring story to tell about her 2020 New Year’s resolution.
A Session w/ Transportation Psychologist Bryan Jones
Jul 9 • 55 min
In this episode, John settles into a fun conversation and “therapy session” with Bryan Jones, City Manager of Eastvale, CA.
Induced Demand Innovations w/ Curtis Rogers
Jul 4 • 72 min
In this episode, we chat with Curtis Rogers, Co-Founder & COO of Parkade about innovative ways that communities can flip the concept of induced demand on its head to encourage active mobility and more vibrant business districts.
Run This World w/ Nicole DeBoom
Jun 26 • 64 min
In this episode, John catches up with Nicole, a former professional triathlete, Ironman Triathlon champion, founder of Skirt Sports and the non-profit Running Start, and host of the fabulous Run This World Podcast.
Shared Paths Boulder w/ Graham Hill
Jun 23 • 51 min
In this episode, we’re joined by Graham Hill, Founder & Executive Director of Shared Paths in Boulder, CO, an innovative stewardship initiative that supports over 90 miles of paved urban pathways.
Rebuild Restore Renew w/ Roshun Austin
Jun 19 • 46 min
Don’t miss this special conversation with Roshun Austin from South Memphis about some of the inspiring work being done to help the community become healthier, more physically active, and engaged.
Streets for Everyone w/ Jill Locantore
Jun 16 • 56 min
In May John had the pleasure of speaking Jill Locantore, Executive Director of the Denver Streets Partnership about the progress the city is making to create safer, more inviting streets for everyone.
Startup CEO Reflections w/ Jennifer Baird
Jun 9 • 43 min
In this episode, we’re joined by Jennifer Baird, a veteran Startup CEO and serial entrepreneur. Jen shares her strategies for bringing movement into her personal and professional lives and the benefits she’d documented over the years.
Cultivating Community w/ Kevin Shepherd
Jun 4 • 58 min
During these truly challenging times comes this hopeful and helpful conversation about what it takes to cultivate a healthy, both fiscally and physically, community.
Active Explorations w/ Holly Bennett
May 28 • 44 min
In this episode, Holly shares how a four-month-long bicycle trip changed her life trajectory and inspired a passion for movement
Following Footprints w/ Dom Nozzi & Maggie Waddoups
May 21 • 66 min
In this episode, John catches up with the Boulder-based Follow Our Footprints dynamic duo Dom Nozzi and Maggie Waddoups
A Walker In LA w/ Alissa Walker
May 16 • 55 min
In this episode, we go for a virtual stroll in Los Angeles with the amazing Alissa Walker with Curbed.
Why The Overhead Wire w/ Jeff Wood
May 9 • 43 min
Jeff Wood from San Francisco gives us a peek inside the Overhead Wire and Talking Headways Podcast
Inspiring Vibrancy w/ Amanda Popken
May 4 • 52 min
We’re delighted to share with you this inspiring conversation with Amanda Popken from the Dallas area
Places People Love w/ Lynn Richards
May 1 • 49 min
In this episode, we welcome Lynn Richards, President & CEO of CNU (the Congress for the New Urbanism) a membership-based organization dedicated to building places people love.
Fighting Traffic w/ Peter Norton
Apr 28 • 53 min
In this episode, we talk with Peter Norton, author of Fighting Traffic about some of the parallels of the dawn of the motor age with our current pandemic and the push for more people-oriented space on our streets.
Composing a Compelling Narrative w/ Kea Wilson
Apr 21 • 50 min
In this episode, we catch up with Kea Wilson, Senior Editor with Streetsblog
It’s All City Building w/ Mark Nickita
Apr 16 • 60 min
In this episode, we bring you a bit of city building banter with one of the best, Mark Nickita of Archive DS
Building Strong Towns w/ Chuck Marohn
Apr 13 • 104 min
Charles Marohn with Strong Towns shares the story behind the worldwide movement he launched and where we go from here. We discuss how and why Strong Towns is a bottom-up revolution to rebuilding American prosperity.
Tactical Urbanism in a Pandemic w/ Mike Lydon
Apr 10 • 43 min
Talking tactical urbanism strategies for a pandemic era w/ Mike Lydon
Going Dutch w/ Chris Bruntlett
Apr 7 • 54 min
Chris Bruntlett with the Dutch Cycling Embassy talks about making the move from Canada to Holland and how the family is adjusting.
Main Street Transformation w/ Victor Dover & Raphael Clemente
Apr 1 • 44 min
Talking through West Palm Beach’s Clematis Street transformation with Victor Dover & Raphael Clemente
Updates from Bike Austin & Walk Austin
Mar 27 • 60 min
In this episode, we dive in deep on all things active mobility and safer streets with Chris Riley with Bike Austin and Adam Greenfield with Walk Austin
Rolling Forward with MoveATX w/ Jim Wick
Mar 20 • 47 min
In this episode, we are joined by Jim Wick, Lead Organizer with MOVEATX an advocacy organization dedicated to helping create a new mobility future for Austin, TX and the issues we discuss are most certainly relevant to many other cities in North America.
Getting Out There w/ Ryan Van Duzer
Mar 10 • 43 min
Inspiring people to get off their couches and explore this beautiful planet through his storytelling is Ryan van Duzer’s passion
Ready to Ride w/ Mathias Ihlenfeld
Mar 7 • 48 min
Getting more kids on bikes more often is the driving passion behind Woom bikes.
Dream it, Plan it, GO FOR IT! w/ Katie Deolloz
Mar 5 • 26 min
Katie Deolloz shares an uplifting story about an activity program she was very passionate about creating, how she made it happen, and how it’s going so far.
It Could Be Me w/ Triny Willerton
Feb 29 • 41 min
In this episode, Triny Willerton of #ItCouldBeMe shares her story of turning a tragic event into a national movement for safer streets for everyone
Reconnecting to Your Community w/ Darcy Kitching
Feb 27 • 43 min
Darcy Kitching of Boulder, Colorado joins John in a comprehensive conversation about her experiences leading community engagement activities.
Growing Old(er) w/ Preston Tyree
Feb 25 • 22 min
Preston Tyree of Austin’s Mueller neighborhood talks about what it’s like to live in a community that is quickly transforming into an “All Ages & Abilities” environment, adult tricycles, and so much more.
Wading into Walkability w/ Heyden Black Walker
Feb 25 • 30 min
Heyden reflects on walkability and livability factors in London, Paris, and Berlin with a little bit of The Netherlands thrown in for good measure.
Active Towns Podcast Intro
Feb 25 • 3 min
This is a very brief introduction to the Active Towns Initiative and this new podcast.