74. Not Just Bikes with Jason Slaughter

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Jason Slaughter is the creator of Not Just Bikes, the wildly popular YouTube channel that covers urban design and daily living in the Netherlands. Jason’s videos are informative and entertaining, and whether they’re about the shaky finances on which the suburbs are built or something as simple as grocery shopping, each one helps viewers understand larger concepts about building cities for people, not cars. Doug sat down with Jason in Amsterdam to talk about the origins of Not Just Bikes and why places that force everyone to drive whether they want to or not just plain suck.

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Subscribe to Not Just Bikes on YouTube.

Follow Not Just Bikes on Twitter.

Watch the videos mentioned in this episode:

Why Many Cities Suck (But Dutch Cities Don’t)

Why Grocery Shopping is Better in Amsterdam

Why Dutch Bikes Are Better (and why you should want one)

The Wrong Way to Set Speed Limits

How Suburban Development Makes American Cities Poorer

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73. Third Anniversary Mailbag

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Introducing the 2022 Chevy Inundator

To celebrate the podcast’s third anniversary (how did that happen?) we open up the listener mailbag and field your questions and comments. Is it time to take more subversive action in the fight for safe streets? With all the evidence on our side, why does it sometimes feel like cities keep having the same arguments over parking spaces? Why don’t strollers get more respect as transportation? Is it ok to drive an SUV while wearing a War on Cars T-shirt? Plus: The marketing push for the 2022 Chevy Inundator begins today. 

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TEASER: Hashtag Ban Cars With Michael Hobbes

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Michael Hobbes, a journalist and podcast host known for his work on Maintenance Phase and You’re Wrong About, joined The War on Cars for episode 72 to discuss what bikelash has in common with moral panics. In this short bonus episode, hear a part of our conversation that was left on the cutting room floor. We cover everything from how newspaper headlines absolve drivers who hit vulnerable road users and offer some advice to people who are freaking out about the #BanCars slogan.

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72. You’re Wrong About Bikes with Michael Hobbes

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What does bikelash have in common with moral panics? Has Paris really descended into anarchy because of all the cyclists? Are e-bikes and scooters the biggest threats to pedestrians on the mean streets — and sidewalks — of New York? What happens when reporters misunderstand statistics and rely on anecdotes to paint a picture of an urban transportation landscape that’s spinning out of control? To answer these questions and more, we’re joined by journalist Michael Hobbes, the co-host of the podcasts Maintenance Phase and You’re Wrong About. Michael explains what a moral panic is and helps us debunk some commonly held misconceptions about what happens when cities make streets for people, not cars.

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Subscribe to Confirm My Choices, the newsletter from Michael Hobbes.

Listen to Maintenance Phase and You’re Wrong About wherever you get your podcasts.

Follow Michael Hobbes on Twitter.

“As Bikers Throng the Streets, ‘It’s Like Paris Is in Anarchy'” (New York Times)

“As E-Scooters and E-Bikes Proliferate, Safety Challenges Grow’ (New York Times)

“Cycle lanes, scooters and terraces — is Paris still safe for pedestrians?” (The Local)

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71. Lab Meat and Electric Cars with Alicia Kennedy

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Alicia Kennedy is a food writer whose weekly newsletter covers the way food culture intersects with politics, media, labor rights and climate change. On the surface it might not seem like it has much to do with the war on cars. But it does. Because what Alicia is doing in her work is really similar to what we do: she tries to make the invisible visible. She shines a light on how huge political and commercial forces are constantly manipulating our emotions about food for their own profit, with reckless disregard for the natural world and human health. It’s pretty much the same thing we see every day in transportation and urban planning. Sarah talked with Alicia about what electric cars have in common with lab meat, and how to deal with people thinking you’re a joyless Puritan just because you don’t want our society to go up in flames.

You can find the full transcript of this episode here.

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70. Return of the Vermonter

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On July 19, 2021, Amtrak restarted passenger rail service on its Vermonter line after a 16-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You wouldn’t necessarily think that this would be all that big of a deal. The Vermonter runs just one train per day in each direction between Washington, D.C., and St. Albans, a small town near the Canadian border. This train is kind of slow, frequently late, and only serves 100,000 passengers a year — a drop in the bucket compared to nearby Interstate highways. And yet, in the village of Bellows Falls, the return of the Vermonter was cause for major celebration and an outpouring of civic pride. Why does intercity train service mean to a small town like Bellows Falls? And what is it about the train that people love so much?

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69. The E-Bike Radicalization of Jessica Valenti

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Jessica Valenti, the noted feminist writer, was curious about e-bikes. So, as one does, she posted a question about them to Twitter. Thus began her path to radicalization. After buying an e-bike of her own, she quickly found how life-changing it was — a not uncommon feeling among the converted. A lifelong New Yorkers, Jessica found that riding an e-bike changed her perspective on the city and offered her new insight on being a woman in public space. In this spirited and far-reaching conversation, Jessica talks about e-bikes as vehicles of feminist empowerment, means of escaping harassment and good plain fun. Plus, we dig into history and discuss the similarities between the “resting bitch face” of today and the “bicycle face” of the late 1800s.

You can find the full transcript of this episode here.

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SUMMER SPECIAL: Meet Mr. Barricade

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Combine a deep love of cities and urban planning with a penchant for wearing stylish suits, smooth dance moves set to Swedish rap music and a curious fascination with drainage and what do you get? Mr. Barricade, an unlikely TikTok star. Vignesh Swaminathan, who runs his own engineering and design firm in California, has built a huge following on the video-sharing platform based on his unique ability to explain everything from how protected intersections work in busy downtowns to the ongoing impacts of redlining and segregation. Doug talks to Vignesh about his viral videos, tricks for successfully fighting racism online and the power of TikTok to help people see and experience their streets and communities in new ways.

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SUMMER SPECIAL: Being Gary Fisher, the Interview

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To celebrate the last days of summer, we’re re-releasing our Patreon special interview with the man who introduced the world to mountain biking: Gary Fisher. Sarah talks with Gary about his sometimes psychedelic autobiography, Being Gary Fisher and the Bicycle Revolution. We also got his opinions on the failed promise of the automobile, the bike boom of the late ’70s, and what the world can learn from COVID about building better streets.

You can find the full transcript of this episode here.

You can find Gary’s book through Trek.

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TEASER: Going Viral With Tom Flood

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Tom Flood used to work in the ad industry in Toronto on campaigns for clients in the auto industry. Today, he’s a bit a of a rebel and uses the power of social media and smart video editing to poke at car companies and the kind of commercials that often glorify reckless driving. If you’ve ever seen commercials for cars like the Dodge Charger then you’ll appreciate what Tom does. He takes those amped-up ads and edits in images of his cute kids riding their bikes, making the point that fast cars don’t exist in the fantasy world of Madison Avenue but on real avenues and streets shared with people. Recently, Tom’s Twitter account was suspended without explanation. What happened? Was it a mistake? A conspiracy by Big Auto? In this bonus episode just for Patreon supporters, Tom Flood joins The War on Cars to break it all down.

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