New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie has been riding an electric-assist bicycle around Charlottesville, Virginia for almost a year now, and he is convinced: E-bikes are the future of transportation. Not only has the e-bike transformed his own personal mobility, it has changed the way he looks at his city and gotten him more deeply involved in local planning and policy-making. In this one-on-one conversation, Jamelle and Aaron start off discussing e-bikes and end up talking about what it’s going to take to push America’s sclerotic political system to solve increasingly urgent housing and transportation crises in U.S. cities. Plus, Jamelle offers some helpful advice to anyone accused of waging a war on cars or fanning the flames of America’s culture wars.
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You can find the full transcript of this episode here.
Feb. 17, 2020: “Our next major household purchase is going to be an e-bike!”
Feb. 26, 2021: “seriously i’m convinced that e-bikes are the future of transportation”
Why housing in Charlottesville is so expensive.
“Ted Cruz’s Excellent Adventure” (New York Times)
“2020 Shows Why the Electoral College Is Stupid and Immoral” (New York Times)
Slate’s Jamelle Bouie is also a pretty good street photographer (Washingtonian)
Pillsbury Funfetti Cereal, Reviewed (Serious Eats)
The Tern GSD e-bike.
This episode was produced by Aaron Naparstek and edited by Ali Lemer. Our music is by Nathaniel Goodyear. Our logo is by Dani Finkel of Crucial D.
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