In this episode, I reconnect with
Jason Slaughter of the NOT JUST BIKES YouTube Channel

We discuss the secret to the Dutch cycle network success – it’s a concept called Ontvlechten which roughly translates to unbraiding or untangling and as Jason explains is all about having separate priority routes for the different mobility modes. It’s really truly brilliant as you will learn from this episode, it makes life so much better for everyone, so give it a watch or listen.

Video for this Episode – first released as a special Holiday bonus video in December

Jason Slaughter with Not Just Bikes in Amsterdam chats with me about how the Dutch have created what he calls “bicycle roads” and have teased out and separated their cycle priority networks from the networks serving other modes, including walking, transit, and cars.

The result is a brilliant compilation of coordinated mobility choices that is arguably the best in the world.

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Helpful Links (note that some may include affiliate links to help me support the channel):

We reference and play some of these Not Just Bikes videos during this conversation:
– The Best Way to Cycle – Bicycle Only Roads in the Netherlands
The Bike Lanes You Can’t See – Ontvlechten
Why the Dutch Wait Less at Traffic Lights
The Best Country in the World for Drivers
The Trains that Killed an Airline – Italian HSR

– My first episode featuring Jason
Jason’s merch site
Nebula and Curiosity Stream
NJB Live 

Resources used during the production of this episode:
– My awesome recording platform is Ecamm
Adobe Creative Cloud Suite

Studio Equipment:
– Microphone – Shure MV7
– Camera – 
Sony ZV-E10 (currently sold out)
– Lens – 
Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens
Elgato Cam Link 4k
Elgato Streamdeck XL*
Elgato Streamdeck (*you may not need the XL)

Editing Computer System:
– Apple MacBook Pro 16″ 2021 M1 Pro
LG 34WP88C-B 34-inch Curved 21:9 UltraWide QHD (3440×1440) IPS Display with Ergo Stand

All video, audio, and music production by me, John Simmerman

For more information about my Active Towns effort or to follow along please visit my links below:
– Website
Podcast landing pages

Hi Everyone, my name is John Simmerman.

I’m a health promotion professional with over 30 years of experience and my area of concentration has evolved into a specialization of how the built environment influences human behavior related to active living and especially active mobility.

In 2012 I launched the non-profit Advocates for Healthy Communities as an effort to help promote and create healthy, active places.

Since that time I’ve been exploring, documenting, and profiling established, emerging, and aspiring Active Towns wherever they might be, in order to produce high-quality multimedia content to help inspire the creation of more safe and inviting, environments that promote a “Culture of Activity” for “All Ages & Abilities”.

My Active Towns suite of channels feature my original video and audio content and reflections, including a selection of podcast episodes and short films profiling the positive and inspiring efforts happening around the world as I am able to experience and document them.

Thanks for tuning in, I hope you find this content helpful.

Creative Commons License: Attributions, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives, 2022

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