Talking Headways: A Streetsblog Podcast

This week we’re going back to NACTO in Seattle and listening to a plenary given by the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition’s Tamika Butler.  The plenary, “Planning While Black” goes through some of Tamika’s personal history, issues of diversity and equity, and how we should be planning for people who aren’t represented in the process. 

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_TB_01122017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 5:51am EST

This week we’re joined by Stephane Eboko of Ma3route, a transportation information platform with over half a million users in Nairobi Kenya.  We chat about the platform and how it helps travelers in the city avoid traffic, what interesting reports and information have come from users reporting their experiences, and what travel is like in Kenya’s Capital.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_SE_01052017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 3:46am EST

This week we head to Seattle for the NACTO Designing Cities Conference<> to discuss the myriad of issues transportation agencies face when trying to move projects forward and the relationships that make it work out in the end.  Moderated by David Bragdon, Executive Director of TransitCenter, the panel features LA DOT’s  General Manager Seleta Reynolds, LACMTA’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Wiggins, Seattle DOT’s Director Scott Kubly, and Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_NACTO1_12152016.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 4:36am EST

This week on Talking Headways we’re joined by Emily Perlmeter of the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas Texas.  She joins us to talk about the half million people that live in informal settlements on the US side of the Mexican border called Colonias.  She discusses how these settlements are formed and the demographics of who lives there as well as their strengths and hardships.  Join us as we take a look into a little discussed housing problem you might not have known existed.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_EP_12082016.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 6:49am EST

This week we’re back at the Shared Use Mobility Summit in Chicago listening to a great panel discussing how we can use a changing technology and information landscape to get more equitable outcomes.  Jackie Grimshaw of the Center for Neighborhood Technology moderates this panel featuring Anita Cozart, Deputy Director at the Center for Infrastructure Equity at Policy Link, Rob Puentes President and CEO for the Eno Center for Transportation and Joshua Schank, the Chief Innovation Officer at LA Metro.

A lot of interesting discussions come up including the idea that innovation doesn’t always have to be from technology, the fact that not all people are benefitting from transportation investments, the measurement bias in the models we use to make transportation decisions and much much more.  It’s a great discussion and I highly recommend the listen.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_JG_12012016.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:41am EST

This week we’re at the Shared Use Mobility Summit in Chicago listening to a keynote speech from Zipcar Co-Founder Robin Chase.  Robin talks about her ideas on the brave new world of shared mobility services and autonomous vehicles.  She discusses how autonomous vehicles could be heaven by making space for more active transportation like biking and walking or a hell where we are just swapping out everyone’s cars for a driverless version and continuing existing policies.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_RC_11222016.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 5:35am EST

This week we’re in Madison Wisconsin for the Empty Storefronts Conference and joined by former Mayor and Executive Director of the Wisconsin Bike Fed Dave Cieslewicz. We chat about his transportation hero, how bikes interact with small businesses, economic development, and why new technologies should make us think twice about building new parking spaces.   

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_DC_11092016.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 3:09am EST

This week we’re joined live from Rail~Volution by Houston Metro Board Member Christof Spieler.  We talk about the progress on Houston’s bus reimagining and Christof gives tips for public engagement and system planning.  There’s also a discussion about route alignments for bus and rail lines and a plea to use more data when making decisions. 

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_CSRailvo_11032016.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 3:39am EST

This week we’re chatting with Ian Brown, former Managing Director for London Rail. We discuss everything London transport including operations contracts, congestion pricing, constructing, financing and making the case for the massive Crossrail project, cycling, bus operations and even contactless payment systems.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_IB_10282016.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 3:43am EST

This week I’m joined by Meea Kang, Rail~volution Board Member  and Founding Partner of Domus Development.  Meea joins me live from the Rail~volution conference to talk about what it’s like to be an affordable housing developer building sustainable projects.   We talk about the 16 variances it took to do TOD in Sacramento, workforce housing in Tahoe on a bus line with 60 minute headways, and what it takes to pass a state law that reduces parking requirements near transit. 

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_MK_10202016.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 3:23am EST