In this episode, I connect with
Maud de Vries, CEO and co-founder of BYCS, an Amsterdam-based global NGO

We discuss BYCS’s signature initiative Bicycle Mayor Program which has grown to impressive numbers around the world, their Bicycle Citizens Network, the Bicycle Heroes initiative to bring the voices of the youth, the COP26 Cycling Forum, and the launch of the Junior Bicycle Mayor program.

Video version of the episode

BYCS is an Amsterdam-based global NGO guided by the belief that bicycles transform cities and cities transform the world. In this episode, I connect with Maud de Vries, CEO & Co-founder for a discussion about their signature initiative the Bike Mayor program as well as some of their other amazing efforts.

One of the BYCS taglines is quite appropriately: Bicycles transform cities and cities transform the world.

Helpful Links (note that some may include affiliate links to help me support the channel):
– BYCS website
– BYCS annual report 2021
– BYCS Newsletters
– Bike is Best Campaign
– Melissa & Chris Bruntlett’s book Curbing Traffic
– Jill Warren, CEO of ECF, Episode 120
– Mayor John J Bauters

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All video and audio production by John Simmerman

– Intro and Outro mixed by John Simmerman
– Video Clip background music licensed through https://www.musicbed.com/

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

Studio Equipment:
– Main MIcrophone Sennheiser Pro Audio MKH416-P48U3
– Rode RODECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio
– Additional 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

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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

Advocates for Healthy Communities, Inc. is a nonprofit 501c3 organization (EIN 45-3802508) dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity. Any donations collected are used specifically to support the organization’s mission.

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