In this episode, I connect with
Avital Barnea, Deputy Secretary of Transportation Panning, California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA)

We discuss her journey to the transportation field and the state capital of California, by way of Washington DC, and why she has chosen to go and remain car-free.

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

We also discuss the massive challenges California, our nation, and the world are facing with regard to climate change and pervasive car dependency and the steps we need to take to turn things around, including modeling what is possible.

Originally from Montana, Avital made her way two the Twin Cities and the University of Minnesota, before making the big move to Washington, DC, which is when she decided to ditch her car, and she has never looked back.

Helpful Links (note that some may include affiliate links to help me support the channel):
– Toward a Multimodal California: How the State is Investing in Walking, Biking, and Transit
– CalSTA website

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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.

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