Joshua Hart was born in 1976 in Stuttgart, Germany. The son of a ballerina and an oil company executive, he grew up in the suburbs south of San Francisco, and studied Social Psychology and History as an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz, where he started cycling to his classes. Shocked by the horrific impact of heavy car dependence on the quality of life in the seaside town, he gave up his Volkswagen for good and began to campaign for environmental and social change.
Joshua has worked as a professional transportation planning advocate for the last ten years in San Francisco, first as Project Coordinator for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and then as Program Director for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. He obtained his MSc in Transport Planning at UWE Bristol in 2008, replicating Donald Appleyard's well known research on the impacts of automobile traffic on the local social lives of residents. The research, entitled Driven to Excess, was covered in over 100 international media outlets including the BBC, the Guardian, Tehran Times, and the Daily Mail.
His writing has appeared in Surveyor Magazine, Walk Magazine, and Carbusters and his blog entries from his flight-free voyage to the UK were published by Lonely Planet in their recent anthology, Flightless: Incredible Journeys without Leaving the Ground.
His blog, On the Level: Car Free Blog can be found at http://onthelevelblog.com firstname.lastname@example.org