We often look to Europe for inspiration about car-free transportation - like with this tour of a country (the Netherlands)
that has transformed itself for cycling (well worth a look!). But there's a lot of inspiration to be found in the United States, too.
Last week we were inspired to hear this TED talk
by one of our heroes - NYC's Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan
“It doesn’t need to be a zero-sum game between moving traffic and creating public space,” says Sadik-Khan. In her TED talk she shares how she and her team changed New York from a city designed for car transit to a city where bikes, pedestrians and drivers all move in sync - with 350 miles of on-street bike lanes, pedestrian plazas, bike-share, and bus-rapid transit. Her mantra: Do bold experiments that are cheap to try out. Case in point: the highly popular plaza at Times Square. Just 14 minutes - watch
There's great advocacy work going on behind the scenes in cities all over the country.... making it easier for us all to make Undriving choices on a daily basis. In October, Bicycling Magazine celebrates 14 advocates/innovators
who are flush with new ideas about how bicycles can change the world. Our nomination for the next round: Cathy Tuttle
(at Ballard's Greenway opening, right) and the whole crew
of neighborhood-based advocates who are spearheading Seattle's growing network of Neighborhood Greenways
together. Join in - neighbors working together are a powerful force! (Who's your
hero? Tell them!)
Thanks for Undriving, and all you do,
Julia Field and the whole Undriving team
PS. Coffee-break time! Bike lanes are a work-in-progress. A NYC cyclist was ticketed for riding his bike NOT in the bike lane....so he made a video of staying IN the bike lane, and crashing into the obstacles there. Watch and wince!
Home stretch for the 2013 Undrive-a-thon!
Undriving's third-annual Undrive-a-thon
is wrapping up! Five intrepid Undrivers made bold Undriving pledges for the month of October, and have been raising funds for their favorite car-use-reduction program:) Check out
what they're up to, and it's not too late to make a donation. Help us
spread the innovative and proven Undriver Licensing™ program throughout the land!
An Undriver writes, "I read this article
last year, and it stuck with me. I recognize this feeling.... you? 'Wrapped in steel and plastic and surrounded by strangers, riding public transportation can be therapeutic as a trip to a local psychologist or a night out with my friends.'
Do you ride transit for other reasons besides transportation? Let us know!
Join us on Facebook: inspiration awaits
Lots going on lately on Undriving's Facebook
- please join us if you haven't already! Undriver Victoria Annette Sellers recently described her enviable commute:
"The voluptuously curving female shores from Edmonds to Seattle on the lovely Sounder commuter train - underneath the majestic Olympic mts, past Golden Gardens, over the Ballard Locks, and past the Seattle waterfront. 18 miles in 30 lovely blissful minutes, eagles swooping, Puget Sound." Wow!
What do YOU love about YOUR Undriving commute? Tell us!