Show #314 – September 24, 2016...

Sep 24, 2016 by

Guests: US DOT’s Barbara McCann;  Arsenal Cycling’s Thomas Prehn; Ornithologist Eric Masterson Hey – it’s The Outspoken Cyclist here! Big show this week as we explore what’s happening at the federal, state, and federal level in bicycle and pedestrian issues with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Barbara McCann. Barbara is the Director of the Office of Safety, Energy, and Environment Well known and widely considered the architect of the Complete Streets program that has been almost universally adopted here in the States, Barbara tells us about the Mayor’s Challenge Awards that came out of 2016 Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets last week as well as the new Federal Highway’s recently published Strategic Agenda for Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation. With an eye on safety, Barbara tells us how important our transportation system is and...

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Show #313 – September 15, 2016...

Sep 17, 2016 by

Guests: Richard Fries, Eric Weis, Kelly Hodgson Middle of September already and we are deep in cross season. This week, Diane talks with KMC Crossfest’s consummate announcer – and promoter – Richard Fries. While we do discuss Crossfest, we delve into a lot more of the issues and successes that Richard is addressing as the head honcho at Mass Bike. After two fatal crashes in one day, Richard dropped into high(er) gear than he usually uses to pursue his passions and the results of what might be coming next are quite thought provoking. Then, we catch up with Eric Weis, who is in full-tilt boogie mode as the New England Builder’s Ball nears the launch date. Last year when we spoke with Eric, he was wrapping up his long tenure as the head of...

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Show #312 – September 10, 2016...

Sep 10, 2016 by

Guests: Award winning author Edward Humes; Bike Attorney Peter Wilborn It’s a chock-full-o-stuff show beginning with my first guest, Edward Humes. Ed is the author of 14 books, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and his new book, Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation looks “under the hood” of transportation in ways we never imagined. From the total flop that was dubbed “Carmageddon” in 2011 when a portion of Los Angeles’ 405 freeway was shut down for “expansion” to how cat food shows up on your step hours after you ordered it on line, Ed shows us how our transportation systems reek of inefficiency and waste. We talk about whether we have the guts to make the changes we need to make going forward and where it needs to start. Then, I...

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Show #311 – September 3, 2016...

Sep 3, 2016 by

Guests: Mariann Oftermatt; Mike Mulhall While it all emanates from NE Ohio, the issues our first guest is experiencing are certainly not local! Moving from a more rural area back into one of our most affluent ring suburbs, my friend and colleague Mariann Oftermatt keeps finding herself literally face-to-face with cyclists on a daily basis. Mariann walks her dogs early in the morning and often walks to the tony Coventry Village neighborhood of shops and restaurants; commuting cyclists – those heading for the universities and hospitals not far from Cleveland Heights – are using the side streets to avoid traffic. But in the past couple of weeks, the incidence of “near misses” between Mariann, her dogs, and the cyclists has risen to an alarming number. The cyclists are not stopping at stop signs; they...

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Show #310 – August 27, 2016...

Aug 27, 2016 by

Guests: Mountain2Mountain’s Shannon Galpin; Atlanta’s Byron Rushing; Greg Priddy With the militant attack on the American University in Kabul this week, it is difficult to believe that there might be good news coming from Afghanistan. But, Shannon Galpin, the force behind the Nobel Peace Prize nominated Women’s Cycling Team in Afghanistan, does have some good news about the riders and their quest for equality as well as a spot in the 2020 Olympics. Shannon also weighs in on women’s rights worldwide and how Muslim women are dealing with the “duality” of being true to themselves as well as their religion while still trying to compete on the world stage. I also talk with Atlanta Regional Commission’s bike and pedestrian planner, Byron Rushing. Atlanta has some big plans on the table for both short and...

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Show #309 – August 20, 2016...

Aug 20, 2016 by

Guests: Brent Bookwalter; Greg Daniel. Many, many thanks to Sean Weide for his assistance in lining up our guests this week. We begin with Olympian and Tour de France pro rider Brent Bookwalter. A bit jet-lagged from his trip back from Rio, Brent nonetheless offers us a great glimpse into this year’s Olympic races as the only American to ride both the road race and the time trial. He got to see Rio from a unique perspective and tells us about his experiences. Brent is also deeply involved with the Association of National Professional Road Cyclists here in the U.S working tirelessly for the rights of cyclists including salaries, benefits, and retirement. And, to “give it back” there’s Brent’s “Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo” in Otober. It’s a fun event for the end-of-season that invites...

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