This episode of CascadiaCast is with Laura Goodfellow. A runner since middle school, she started combining her workouts with transit routes when she moved to Seattle and took advantage of citywide and regional connections. With marathon training, most of her runs are six to eight miles but often reach into double digits. She has started attending Seattle's pedestrian and transit advisory board meetings to get the inside scoop on local projects.
"What makes it fun is I don't have to take long, expensive vacations to faraway places because a weekend feels like a mini-vacation," Laura says. "I go on this running adventure to Vashon Island, to Bainbridge, or to Gig Harbor."
We talk about the urban marathon circuit, pedestrian safety, the state of Seattle transit, King County's new Trailhead Direct service, and multimodal funding constraints. While it's easy to get lost in project details, Laura says, "What's important to me is pushing the shift of seeing transit as desirable." For example, "To get from a meetup, people would offer me a ride home...they thought, 'that poor girl, she has to ride the bus home'. I know it's very generous of them, it comes from a place of kindness. But it also reflects that our society sees transit as an undesirable last resort."
This episode of CascadiaCast is uniquely co-hosted with Hunter Bevis, my older brother and producer of the aviation podcast Time In Flight. By coincidence, for both of our podcasts this is episode eight!
Hunter spent his formative years in North Bend, Washington and now resides in Pasadena, Maryland. He recently made a career change from consulting to flight instructing. We both recently acquired our commercial drone pilot licenses, leading to a great discussion on why I chose this route to expand my skill set. We also talk about recent changes in the unmanned aircraft industry and the regulatory environment. We cover drone applications for urban planning, potential safety and sky clutter impacts as drones become more widespread, and the relationship with manned aircraft.
We also touch on my own passion project of lidding I-5 and Hunter's perspective on how rapidly cities are changing and facing affordability crises.