Restorative Spaces in the City

November 12, 2018 in Health

Jenny Roe is an environmental psychologist. She studies how we interact with our world, and how the world impacts our health, wellbeing and behaviours. In this episode, John and Jenny bounce through a number of concepts, including how digital technology, car-oriented planning, green spaces and fascinating buildings are related to our health and well-being.

Resources

Learn more about Jenny’s work

Listen to a past episode with Mike Lydon to learn more about tactical urbanism

Cycling Through Snow

October 29, 2018 in Transportation

To get us all ready for winter, we talked to Calgary’s own winter biking aficionado. Tom Babin is an author, writer and blogger with a focus on winter cycling. He is the author of Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling

Learn more about the ways that bicycles can make our lives better, at Tom’s blog shifter.info. The blog discusses all sorts of topics, from how to make short bike rides easier, tips for keeping your feet warm while riding a bike, and how to make a left turn while cycling.

 

The Wonders of Walkability

October 15, 2018 in Design

This episode dives into Jeff Speck’s General Theory of Walkability.

The General Theory of Walkability was published in 2012 in the book “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time”.  The book consolidated ideas and theories from many other urban thinkers and designers into a clear and hopeful case for change in our cities. It has been referenced by many professional city builders as well as John’s father-in-law, who is a 70 year old retired physician. So, it’s safe to say that the ideas in the book resonate with all kinds of readers.

Jeff just released a new book, called Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places.

Some rules include:

  • Rule # 3: When advocating for walkability, use climate change arguments and stress location efficiency.
  • Rule # 31: To make streets safer, focus on speeding.
  • Rule # 100: Don’t give up on sprawl. Instead, make suburban streets safer and more walkable too.

To learn about 97 more rules and instructions, check out the book!