Culture of Activity Newsletter
September 8, 2016
Vol. 1 No. 2
The Pilgrimage to WALK BIKE PLACE
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Active Towns Original Content
Have you checked out our Vimeo Culture of Activity Channel yet?
We currently have 24 Episodes uploaded and available to view.
Our Most Recent Videos
We recently concluded a much needed 10 day vacation in Colorado and produced some fun, super short video clips using our iPhones and posting them to our Instagram account. There are also some cool photo snapshots hanging out there from the trip as well.
One of the most popular videos we posted was this montage of the Rio Grande Trail between Carbondale and Aspen, Colorado. A fun fact about this trail: It is owned and managed by the Roaring Fork Transit Authority, yep the folks that run frequent bus service between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, as well as all points along the way. It’s a fascinating story and the trail is truly a fabulous activity asset for the entire region.
A Series of Flashback Videos
In the spirit of sharing some of the Episodes from our Culture of Activity Channel that you may have missed, we’d like to highlight our series of films that we produced while attending the annual Congress for the New Urbanism: CNU24 in Detroit, MI in June.
We were honored to once again serve as co-hosts of the Thursday and Friday morning fun runs on behalf of the conference. Already looking for to next year, CNU25 in Seattle!
Episode 14 – Detroit, MI: Active Towns @ CNU24
Episode 15 – Detroit, MI: Thursday’s CNU24 Fun Run
Episode 16 – Detroit, MI: Friday’s CNU24 Fun Run
Episode 17: Detroit, MI: An Emerging Active Town?
Other Interesting Content
WALK BIKE PLACE in Vancouver:
Every two years walking, biking and place advocates from across North America, heck even around the world, gather to discuss, share and learn from each other, under the guidance and support of the Project for Public Spaces. Next week we’ll, for the third consecutive time, join in on this gathering called Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place or Walk Bike Place, if you prefer a shorter version, in Vancouver, BC.
We are super excited, as it will be our first Active Towns Tour stop in Canada. Also, we’re delighted and honored to have one of our recently produced short films featured at a small film festival open to the public on the first night (Monday) of the conference.
After this screening, we’ll make this film available on our Vimeo channel.
Be sure to monitor our social media channels for daily updates from Vancouver.
Call for Applications – Culture of Health Prize:
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Trans Canada Trail:
Did you know that Canada is opening a 22,000 km car-free bike path across the country in 2017? We didn’t either but we’re delighted to hear about it now.
“Although it isn’t a bike path in the traditional sense, The Great Trail offers a wide range of outdoor experiences on land and water. It is exclusively designated for recreational purposes and only allows bikes, hikers and horseback riders in the summer and in the winter it is used for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.”
Lists. Lists. Everyone Likes Lists Right!?:
Well, here you go… 50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets
“From making you live longer to making cities more resilient: If you want a reason to make your city more walkable, it’s in here.”
In our opinion, just the first five points alone are compelling enough and as we quipped on our Facebook page… you also get #45bonusreasons
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