In this first episode of Season Five,
I connect with Gil Penalosa,
founder of 8 80 Cities and recent candidate for mayor in Toronto

We discuss the early days of Ciclovia in Bogota, Columbia which started the Open Streets movement, the need for city leaders to have the political will to do big things with a sense of urgency, and his plans for 2023.

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

Gil Penalosa joins me in this first episode of Season Five for an in-depth discussion about what it takes to create Cities For Everyone. Topics include the early days of “Ciclovia” or Open Streets, his recent mayoral run there in Toronto, the bold moves we must take to address the severe challenges ahead, and how creating more Active Towns will help.

We also highlight that change is possible, looking at the experience of Copenhagen and cities in the Netherlands making the shift away from car dependency through the build-out of safe and inviting cycle networks for All Ages & Abilities. We also discuss the current transformation currently underway, including in Paris under the firm, visionary leadership of Mayor Hildalgo.

Helpful Links (note that some may include affiliate links to help me support the channel):
– Gil’s main website
– 8 80 Cities website
– Gil’s YouTube Channel
– Sign up page for the 15-Minute City Webinar
– Streetfilms video of Ciclovia

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– My awesome recording platform is Ecamm
– Adobe Creative Cloud Suite

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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 have found 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. To donate, click here.