|We are thrilled to share that our first annual #WeekWithoutDriving was a great success! More than 100 elected leaders and transportation professionals joined us, and we are loving reading about their experiences and what they’ve learned. Here are some of our favorite press stories about the week!|
“It takes money to build sidewalks & curb ramps, to operate paratransit buses, & to plan for wider sidewalks or protected pedestrian paths. It also requires a bit of political will to spend infrastructure dollars there instead of elsewhere.” Ben Watanabe, Everett Herald.
“Here was the intersection where the pavement was rainy and slick with leaves. There was the area where a road diet had led to better bus service…” Councilmember Tammy Morales in Real Change News.
“A lot of people discovered how crappy public transportation actually is. And this crappiness is no accident. It is made to be that way.” Charles Mudede in The Stranger
““As a policymaker, it showed me really how this has to change,” [State Rep. April] Berg said. ”This is just me trying it for a week, but for folks who live it we have to do better.” During the legislative session next year, she said, she will seek increased transit funding and more money to build crosswalks and sidewalks.” Everett Herald.
More media coverage:
Everett Herald: Being car-less means cold waits, long trips: It’s ‘exhausting’
Seattle Department of Transportation Blog: What we learned from A Week Without Driving
My Edmonds News: Reader view: A week without driving? For some, that’s every week
King County Metro Blog: Metro General Manager Terry White and his ‘Week Without Driving’ challenge
The Stranger: On the Bus with Tammy Morales
Everett Herald: Too many sidewalks aren’t built for people with disabilities”
Roadworthy Drive Moments Podcast: A Week Without Driving (we even got coverage in Iowa!)
And these tweets supporting the #WeekWithoutDriving from Governor Jay Inslee!