In this episode, I connect with Jeanie Ward-Waller, who made national news last fall when she was fired from Caltrans for speaking out

We discuss our urgent need to reverse the status quo of Motordom and how having engineers embrace an ethical approach could help stop the insanity of freeway expansion.

Ethically, we should reduce highway lane miles, not expand them. In this episode, I chat with Jeanie Ward-Waller, who made national news last fall when she was let go from Caltrans, the California state DOT (Department of Transportation), after she blew the whistle on a process being employed to cut corners and add an additional freeway lane.

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Helpful Links (note that some may include affiliate links to help me support the channel):
– Jeanie’s Streetsblog story
– Jeanie on Twitter
– Jeanie’s blog from the Ride Across America
– Blog post about Jeanie’s Ride across America
– Fearless Advocacy
– Cal Bike
– Safe Routes Partnership
– Climate Plan
– Freeway Fighters
– Wider Won’t Work Rethink 35
– My episode w/ Grant Ennis
– My episode w/ Peter Norton
– Santa Barbara Infrastructure Tour Part 1
– Santa Barbara Infrastructure Tour Part 2

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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
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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.

Thanks once again for tuning in! I hope you find this content helpful and insightful.

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