In this episode, I connect with Roy Symons, a Burnaby, BC-based transportation engineer

We discuss how a love for riding bikes prompted his journey from Scotland to Canada and into a career building out bicycle infrastructure

In this episode, I connect with Burnaby, BC-based transportation engineer Roy Symons, for a chat about his beautiful book fietspad: A Journey Through The Netherlands Documenting its Bicycle Infrastructure that he recently published. We also talk about his journey as a classically trained civil engineer from Scotland to a passionate advocate for the creation of active mobility infrastructure in his new home of British Columbia, Canada.

Not surprisingly, Dutch cycle paths (fietspaden) and other forms of Dutch cycling infrastructure, such as the fietsstraat (bicycle priority street) are featured prominently in this episode.

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Helpful Links (note that some may include affiliate links to help me support the channel):
– Roy’s blog Rolling in the City
– Roy on Twitter/X
– Roy’s firm
– Order the Fietspad book
– Continuous Sidewalks and Bike Paths – Canada
– Melissa & Chris Bruntlett
– My episode with Jeff Speck
– My episode with Todd Litman
– Todd’s tour of Victoria
– My episode with Dale Bracewell
– My most recent episode with Matt Pinder

Books referenced:
– Smart Growth Manual in the Active Towns Bookshop or Amazon
– Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change in the Active Towns Bookshop or Amazon
– Walkable City in the Active Towns Bookshop or Amazon
– Happy City in the Active Towns Bookshop or Amazon
– Curbing Traffic in the Active Towns Bookshop or Amazon

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– Video and audio production by John Simmerman
– Music via Epidemic Sound

Resources used during the production of this video:
– My recording platform is Ecamm Live
– Editing software Adobe Creative Cloud Suite
– Equipment: Contact me for a complete list

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Hi Everyone! My name is John Simmerman, and I’m a health promotion and public health professional with over 30 years of experience. Over the years, my area of concentration has evolved into a specialization in how the built environment influences human behavior related to active living and especially active mobility.

Since 2010,  I’ve been exploring, documenting, and profiling established, emerging, and aspiring Active Towns wherever they might be while striving 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.”

The Active Towns Channel features my original video 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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