Guests: John Surico; Roff Smith
Happy New Year everyone! I’m back for a new season of the show and today we begin with conversations with two guests we’ve spoken with in the past.
First up is John Surico. John’s work is all about sustainability, safety, cities, and transportation. He melds it all up on his Streetbeat blog on Substack and today we’re going to look back at some things from 2023 as well as look forward to his work in 2024.
In his latest Streetbeat newsletter on Substack, John Surico tells us about Hoboken, NJ, where there have been zero – none, nothing nada – traffic fatalities for 7 consecutive years. What? Really? Contrast that with 43 cycling deaths in NYC, just across the river.
We also look at what the Mayor is thinking, with a bit of “NYC can do that too,” and about the expansion of the East Coast Greenway in all 5 NYC boroughs.
Then, we review a new book from National Geographic by photographer/journalist Roff Smith. Last time we spoke with Roff it was during the pandemic and he created some of the most beautiful and thought-provoking visions for us to gaze upon in a dark and difficult time.
Now, in his new book, 100 Bike Rides of a Lifetime, he offers up great options for every level of cyclist- from the novice to the pro. It’s one of those books where you can flip to just about any page and say – “yeah, I want to do that!”
While he’s ridden many of the routes he details in the book, he depended upon seasoned riders to fill in the blanks on rides that he believes fit the description, but which he hasn’t done himself.
The book is definitely a great addition to your cycling library and might just be the ticket for your next adventure.
I’ve also added a photo of his “narrow boat” that will be his home for the next project, as you heard in our conversation.