Season 1 Episode 47:

In this episode, John and Meredith chat about living in The Netherlands as an ex-pat from California, accelerating policy reform to support human-scaled accessibility, and developing an understanding about the transfer of knowledge from Dutch cycling study tours.

Image Below: A typical afternoon trip in Utrecht, NL

Show Notes:

Meredith Glaser had originally planned to only study and work abroad for a year or so, well that has turned into a decade of living in Amsterdam, raising a family, and developing a passion for a better understanding of Dutch cycling and how other cities around the world can best learn from the experiences of The Netherlands. In this long-form interview with John Simmerman, Founder of the Active Towns Initiative and host of the Active Towns Podcast, Meredith discusses what it has been like to make such a huge change culturally and how active mobility becomes second nature because of the built form, policy structures, and societal norms.

Meredith also discusses in-depth two recent papers she has published along with some of her colleagues at the Urban Cycling Institute, Learning from abroad: An interdisciplinary exploration of knowledge transfer in the transport domain and Accelerating reform to govern streets in support of human-scaled accessibility

And here’s a newly released article on whether “Street-focused emergency response measures trigger a transition to new transport systems”

Additional and Helpful Links:

Spokes! Ridecast video with Meredith Glaser: Where did all the traffic lights go? See embedded video below

Amsterdam Bike Tour by Urban Planner Meredith Glaser video

Paris 15-Minute City Goals

Seattle 15-20 Minute City Ambitions

People For Bikes Study Tour article

Inspired by Cities Study Tours

Active Towns Episode w/ Roshun Austin

SPOKES! Ridecast video

Show Credits:

Audio Production by Active Towns

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