EPISODE 131, SEASON 3:
In this episode, I connect with
Pekka Tahkola, an active mobility network professional based in Oulu, Finland

While riding we discuss how to build and maintain a safe and inviting “All Ages & Abilities” cycle network serving both urban and suburban contexts that proves people will ride all year round in large numbers thereby reducing the number of car trips needed to be taken on the roads.

Full-length Interview

A Short Cut Edit Focusing on the Cycle Super Highways

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A comprehensive, cohesive, and connected off-street network of bike and pedestrian facilities appropriate for All Ages & Abilities makes this city of 200,000+ residents built in a sprawling suburban context the active mobility capital in the country of Finland. People of all walks of life ride all year round especially because of a dedication to wintertime pathway maintenance.

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– Pekka’s YouTube Channel
– Pekka on Twitter
– Pekka’s consulting firm
– Velo Finland conference

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Credits:
All video and audio production by John Simmerman

Music:
– 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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Background:
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.

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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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