Bike Picnic ~ Vancouver, BC

Bike Picnic ~ Vancouver, BC

Culture of Activity Newsletter
Vol. 1 No. 3

Transforming Our Streets into Activity Assets

Active Towns Original Content
Have you checked out our Vimeo Culture of Activity Channel yet?

We are now up to 27 Episodes!

Our Most Recent Videos

As we mentioned in our last newsletter, we were excited and honored to have been invited to submit a short film to be screened at a public film festival associated with the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place (#WalkBikePlace) gathering in Vancouver, BC last month. It was quite a moving experience to see how a live audience responds to the work you’ve created, not mention seeing it up on the big screen. Here is the film we submitted, which is now uploaded as Episode 25 on our Vimeo Channel.

Episode 25 – Creating a Culture of Activity


We also made a quick trip to the Big Island of Hawaii to volunteer at the 30th Annual PATH Run and had the opportunity to catch some of the festivities leading up to the Ironman Triathlon World Championship competition, including the Ironman Keiki (Hawaiian for kids) Dip ‘n Dash. Here’s a little video capturing some of the fun.

Episode 26 – 2016 Kona Ironman Keiki Dip n Dash

A Flashback Video

This past spring we had the opportunity to travel to West Palm Beach, FL. While there we were delighted to learn about an encouraging pop-up Activity Asset installation story, which we attempted tell here in Episode 13.

Episode 13 – West Palm Beach: A pop up activation story

Other Interesting Content
Transforming Streets into Activity Assets:
Streets represent our largest amount of public space, yet we rarely think of them as safe, inviting and desirable places. We believe that our streets can be just that and in doing so become effective Activity Assets. We’re not alone, there’s a lot of work being done along these lines, including:

Strong Towns is taking this week to focus on making cities more bike friendly and the City of Boulder, CO is holding a public Complete Streets open house and panel discussion on Wednesday (in which we are honored to be participating).

The Future of Retirement Communities:
By far the most popular story our Facebook social media feed over the past week or so was a personal reflection about the desire to age in place by Ben Brown titled: The Future of Retirement Communities: Walkable and Urban

This week Melissa and Chris Bruntlett of Vancouver, BC made an exciting announcement about the re-launch of their Modacity website and the publication of their first big article under this new format of internally focussed content creation and distribution: Discovering Oregon’s Historic Columbia River You may also want to consider subscribing to their blog posts.

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