18. Bravery shapes sustainable cities



Welcome to another episode of Mobilitetspodden. In this episode, we met the passionate bicycle enthusiasts, Melissa and Chris Bruntlett. Melissa and Chris started their mobility journey while living in Vancouver, Canada. Today, they provide their mobility expertise in the Netherlands, where they now live.

As an experiment they decided to sell their car and try to manage their everyday mobility without it. throughout the years, they’ve built a considerable knowledge about mobility which has resulted in the publishing of two books focused on bicycling and their experiences.

In this bicycling episode we talk about the Dutch cycling model, design as a key to successfully building a cycling city, how politicians have to be brave and take the uncomfortable decisions, but also how global cities can be inspired by the Netherlands’ extraordinary success .


0:00 start
03:48 Introduction Melissa and Chris Bruntlett
18:25 The Dutch cycling model
25:15 Design as a key for success
35:15 Mindset or culture – or both?
42:10 Politicians and their roll
47:39 Let the silent majority be heard
50:13 Book pitch
52:40 Wrap up



Melissa and Chris Bruntlett are Canadian authors and urban mobility advocates who strive to communicate the benefits of sustainable transport and inspire happier, healthier, more human-scale cities. Their first book, Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality, explored the urban and transport planning decisions that established the Netherlands as a bicycle paradise, and how North American communities are translating these ideas to build their own cycling cities.

In 2019, Melissa and Chris, along with their children Coralie and Etienne, relocated from Vancouver, Canada, to Delft, the Netherlands. Melissa now works with Mobycon—a bicontinental mobility consultancy—supporting the promotion of Dutch transport knowledge, policy, and design principles in countries across Europe and North America. As communications manager for the Dutch Cycling Embassy, Chris uses his knowledge and passion to share practical lessons for global cities wishing to learn from the Netherlands’ extraordinary success. Together they continue to be inspired by their new home, watching their children (and countless others) enjoy a quality of life only possible in an environment that puts people first.



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