In this episode, I reconnect with Justin Jones of Collingwood, Ontario, Canada

We discuss designing streets with Intention – Specifically, identifying who the intended preferred or prioritized user is – The party that is welcomed or invited into the environment rather than merely accommodated or outright or functionally excluded.

In episode 171, I reconnect with Justin Jones from Ontario, Canada, for a discussion about designing streets with Intention – Specifically, identifying who is the intended preferred or prioritized user, the party that is welcomed or invited into the environment. Versus the ancillary users that are merely accommodated or tolerated.

Justin’s premise is that in North America, the car is welcomed on nearly all streets and roads, whereas people outside of cars are barely accommodated, and this should fundamentally change, with more streets treated as public spaces where people outside of cars are prioritized and welcomed, even if that means restricting the access of motor vehicles.

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

Helpful Links (note that some may include affiliate links to help me support the channel):
– WSP Canada
– My Fietsstraat episode with Justin and Matt Pinder
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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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