November 16 – 8pm (CET)
Our partner organization the John Adams Institute is livestreaming The Accessible City, an online event with urban mobility experts Chris and Melissa Bruntlett.
About the online event
What was it about life in the Netherlands that Canadian couple Chris and Melissa Bruntlett found so attractive? So attractive that they pulled up stakes and left Vancouver to actually move to Delft with their two children? The answer is: quality of life.
A big factor that impacts quality of life is how we move around the city. In North America you usually have one choice: the car. In the Netherlands, the Bruntletts discovered, you have a variety of choices: trams, trains and especially bikes (and yes, even cars too). Having these choices significantly improves the quality of life.
In the three years that the Bruntletts have been living in Delft, they wrote a book that came out this year called Curbing Traffic: The Human Case for Fewer Cars in Our Lives.
They will be joining the John Adams Institute for an online talk and Q&A with the audience about what makes a liveable city and why transportation is absolutely critical. (And yes, having fewer cars helps).
The book: The accessible city
In Curbing Traffic: The Human Case for Fewer Cars in Our Lives, Melissa and Chris Bruntlett chronicle their experience living in the Netherlands and the benefits that result from treating cars as visitors rather than owners of the road. They weave their personal story with research and interviews with experts and Delft locals to help readers share the experience of living in a city designed for people.