In this episode, I connect with
Coach Sam Balto, a teacher and parent in Portland, OR

We have a conversation about strategies for making the trip to and from school, healthier, safer, and much more fun for students, parents, and school staff.

Watch the video version of this episode to get the full effect

A few months ago I started noticing these amazing Tweets with videos and photos of swarms of kids riding their bikes in Portland, OR. Sam Balto aka @coachbalto on Twitter was the man behind these Tweets and the massive success that is the Bike Bus he coordinated for his school in an attempt to provide a safer, healthier way for his students to get to school. I hope you enjoy this ride with Coach Balto.

Helpful Links (note that some may include affiliate links to help me support the channel):
– Follow Sam on Twitter
– Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by Dr. John Ratey
– Mark Fenton
– Jonathan Fertig on Twitter
– Mike Lydon’s episodes

  1.  Ep 12: Tactical Urbanism in a Pandemic Era
  2.  Ep 97: A Pipeline of Pilots to Permanence

– Book by Mike Lydon & Anthony Garcia: Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change
– Ep 107 Megan Ramey Bike train conductor mom shows the way
– Ep 123 Will Norman London’s Walking & Cycling Commissioner
– Streetfilms London School Streets video
– “School Streets” Portland versus Paris bikeportland.org article

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All video and audio production by John Simmerman

– Intro and Outro mixed by John Simmerman

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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