In this episode, I reconnect with
Matt Pinder, an Ottawa-based transportation engineer and safe streets advocate

We discuss how he balances his roles as both a professional engineer and a blogger/video content creator.

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

We also discuss the nuts and bolts of shifting the focus of transportation engineering towards redesigning our streets for people, and we even walk through the creation of a “Dutch-style” protected intersection within the existing intersection footprint.

Helpful Links (note that some may include affiliate links to help me support the channel):
– Our Bicycle Streets episode from Season 1
– Matt’s blog Beyond the Automobile
– Matt’s YouTube Channel
– How to Design a Dutch-Style Protected Intersection video
– Matt on Twitter
– Ontario Traffic Man YouTube Channel
– Oh The Urbanity! YouTube Channel
– My ep. w/ Jasmine & Patrick w/ Oh The Urbanity!
– Not Just Bikes YouTube Channel
– My first episode w/ Jason w/ NJB
– My second episode w/ Jason w/ NJB
– NJB Crossing the Street Shouldn’t be Deadly video
– NJB Wonderland Rd, London, ON video
– Strong Towns website
– The War on Cars Podcast
– Car-Free Megacities episode
– City Beautiful YouTube Channel
– RMTransit YouTube Channel

Four Easy Steps to Support My Efforts:
1. Become an Active Towns Ambassador by “Buying Me a Coffee” or by pledging as little as $1 per month on Patreon
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4. Pick up some Active Towns #StreetsAreForPeople Merch at my store

All video and audio production by John Simmerman

Epidemic Sound

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

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

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.

To make a donation to Advocates for Healthy Communities go here