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Week Without Driving 2022: September 19-25

What if you couldn’t drive? 

What if taking the bus, riding your bike or walking to work, carpooling, or paying for ride-hail weren’t a choice you could make, but a necessity? 

What would it be like getting around without driving yourself?

If you can drive, and can afford a car, this isn’t something you think about. But for nearly a quarter of the people in our country – people with disabilities, young people, seniors and people who can’t afford cars or gas, this is our every day.

How does the Week Without Driving work?

You can get around however you want, but you can’t drive yourself in any car. This applies to all your activities — not just your work commute. And if you normally transport other family members or friends, it applies to those trips too. You can ask someone else to drive you, but make a note of how much you “owe” this person in their time, and if you felt obligated to support them in other ways (ie, doing all the dishes). You can use ride-hail or taxis, but note how much it costs you. 

Throughout the week, we will encourage you to post about your experience on social media using #WeekWithoutDriving.

This isn’t a disability simulation or a test of how easily you can find alternatives. We know that it is far easier to give up your keys if you can afford to live in a walkable area well served by transit, or can outsource your driving and other transport and delivery needs to other people.

We want you to have this experience so you can start to understand the barriers nondrivers experience in accessing your (and our) communities. To get ready, read our stories collected in the Transportation Access for Everyone Storymap. [1]

Want to read about our inaugural 2021 event? See our roundup of press coverage! [2]

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