In this episode, I connect with Petru Sofio, A Transportation Professional Prodigy

We discuss his journey to becoming a passionate, engaged, and influential advocate for safer streets in his community of Arlington, MA, and in the surrounding cities.

In this episode, I connect with Petru Sofio, a passionate young transportation prodigy who is currently a high school senior in Arlington, MA, a small Boston area community next to Cambridge and Somerville. We discuss why and how he got engaged in advocating for Dutch-inspired cycle network and intersection signal design.

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Helpful Links (note that some may include affiliate links to help me support the channel):
– Ep 224 feat. Megan Ramey
– Ep 217 Steffen Berr
– Steffen’s article about Traffic Engineering in the USA vs The Netherlands
– My Ride with BicycleDutch  Part One
– My Ride with BicycleDutch Part Two
– Cambridge Western Ave video
– Ontario Traffic Man signal phasing video
Nearside Signals Mobycon/Ontario Traffic Man Video
– Ep 227 feat. Joshua Funches
– Toole Design Group

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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.

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

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