Our Story

In the summer of 2010, our family made the conscious decision to sell the family car, embarking on a new and enlightening adventure. Forced to move to a multi-modal commute, relying on public transit, walking and a great deal of cycling, we quickly realized the benefits of living a 'car-lite' lifestyle, not the least of which was the increased human interaction with the city we call home.

Using writing, photography, film, and the power of social media, we used this revelation to communicate a more human image of multi-modal transportation. Together, we now strive to educate people and cities about the inherent benefits of moving away from a car-centric transportation model, to a more inclusive one that is accessible to people of all ages, abilities, and economic means.

Promoting the public health, environmental, and social benefits of walking, cycling, and public transit, our goal is to improve on the great strides already made in many cities, creating a more open and welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike.

Our Team

Melissa Bruntlett

Melissa believes it is imperative to build cities that work for every citizen, and uses her experience as a writer, marketer, producer, and mother to share the human perspective of multi-modal transportation to a mainstream audience.

With a background in sales, marketing, and project management, and serving as an active volunteer in her community, she is continually developing written, visual, and audio content that inspires and challenges organizations to reach out to a broad audience, and promote more livable urban environments.

"I strive to create cities where my children can flourish, and where the simple act of moving through their city is a safe, simple, and enjoyable act."

Chris Bruntlett

Chris is an Architectural Designer who has always used the humble bicycle to get around. After moving to Vancouver, he saw officials focusing their efforts on policy and infrastructure, while overlooking a critical third prong of increasing ridership: marketing the cycling lifestyle. He felt motivated to address the gap filled by advocacy groups and the bike industry, who fell into the trap of dangerizing, politicizing, and overcomplicating the act of cycling. 

Seven years later, he and Melissa co-founded Modacity, which - through their work as writers, filmmakers, photographers, and speakers- inspires “healthier, happier, simpler forms of mobility.” Their stories of cities around the world have been featured in Momentum Magazine, Grist, Spacing, and Huffington Post.