Podcast, Urban Issues

The Trip Diary: Cycling in Numbers — with Councillor Tony Valente and Dr. Meghan Winters

July 19, 2022
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On this third episode of The Trip Diary, Steve Tornes speaks with Councillor Tony Valente and Dr. Meghan Winters talks about cycling, advocacy, and street allocations.

Tony describes his advocacy work before being elected to council, and what steps transportation advocates can take in other cities, as well as the development of Esplanade Street as a complete street. Meghan talked about her different research looking at cycling and street reallocations across different North American cities, and making the data available for city planners and members of the public.

About Our Guests

Councillor Tony Valente

Tony Valente is a first term City Councillor.

Tony has an MBA from UBC and for the last twelve years he has worked as a project manager delivering complex infrastructure projects in the public sector. Tony is currently working as a Risk Director with a Crown corporation.

Tony envisions a vibrant, diverse City of North Vancouver where transportation and housing options abound, and our public spaces are the envy of Metro Vancouver. All of this is supported by a strong local economy where small business thrives.

Dr. Meghan Winters

Dr. Meghan Winters is an epidemiologist interested in the link between health, transportation, and city design. 

She received her PhD in 2011 from the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility at Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, studying on older adults’ mobility and the built environment. Dr. Winters joined the Faculty of Health Sciences as an Assistant Professor in July 2011.


Host & Producer - Steve Tornes

Cover Artist & Audio Editor - Kathy Feng

Audio Editor - Paige Smith

Copywriter - Melissa Roach

Secondary Copywriter - Alyha Bardi

Music Composition - Alex Masse

SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement Director - Am Johal

Cite This Episode

Chicago Style

Tornes, Steve. “Geographies of Identity — with Councillor Tony Valente and Dr. Meghan Winters” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, July 19, 2022.


The Trip Diary is an original Below the Radar podcast series examining how we move through urban spaces. SFU Urban Studies alum and host Steve Tornes invites transportation enthusiasts and policymakers into conversation about the social and political factors that impact how transportation policy plays out on the ground.

Over the course of this series, we will explore how different commute modes — walking, cycling, transiting, driving — impact daily life and why we need to think about transportation in our urban design. 

The Trip Diary and Below the Radar are recorded on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. These conversations draw from data and lived experiences related to moving through urban spaces on these lands and beyond.

Each episode of The Trip Diary is timed to the duration of a different commute across the Metro Vancouver region. We hope you’ll listen along with your own commute as we investigate and reflect upon the future of moving through cities.

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