A Week Without Driving Challenge - October 22-29

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A coalition of transportation-related groups are hosting a Week Without Driving to inspire elected officials and policymakers to know what people who can't drive are experiencing in their communities to better plan for transportation.

This event is a continuation of the Disability Mobility Initiative that began in November 2020 and is a program of Disability Rights Washington.  

The program got started because they wanted to raise awareness about how non-driver's had to get around in their daily lives facing barriers that transportation planners do not normally face.  

In order to address barriers in transportation for non-drivers they,

"began interviewing people from every legislative district in our state who are nondrivers. From these interviews, we created the Transportation Access for Everyone story map" out of the concern that nearly a quarter of Washington state's population doesn't have a driver's license.

The participants are being challenged to leave their car keys at home and not drive themselves anywhere for a week.  Instead, they must find alternate ways of travel, such as be driven by someone else, walk, ride buses or bikes, or get around in any other way they find possible.  

Intended as a learning experience to better understand the barriers that non-drivers have in accessing their communities, participants will experience life as non-drivers normally must do in their daily lives.  

Participants may sign up with a "technical advisor" to share tips about how to get around.  These will be non-drivers in the participant's local communities.

At the end of their week without driving they are invited to share their experiences with the sponsors are interested in knowing what people learned from the experience.

For more information and to sign up for the challenge go to the Disability Rights Washington webpage.

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