Your Undriving News - December







“Walking shares with making and working that crucial element of engagement of the body and the mind with the world, of knowing the world through the body and the body through the world.”
― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking


Catch the Undriving Spirit!
lightskirt 2With darker commutes home in the winter, Elizabeth Floyd of Arlington Transporta- tion Partners has the right idea.  How are YOU being seen while Undriving?




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Greetings, Undrivers!

RunsOnMoneyAs the holiday season flows in around us, we're also wrapping up 2012.  Here's a Year-In-Review article highlighting transportation successes around the country in 2012, from post-Sandy subway recovery to real-time data boosting transit use.
   How was YOUR transportation year?  Maria, a DC-based Undriver, responded with a report on going car-free in 2012. quot;We've relied on public transportation ever since March to get around. Whenever we needed a car, we rented a Zipcar. Often, we walked and rode our bikes when the roads were safe."  Most excellent! 
   And now 2013 is just around the corner. What'll YOUR Undriving resolution be?  What's your next Undriving experiment?  Trying a new mode of transport is great, and you could also think about who you might support in Undriving more. Teach a friend how to use the bus, or helping a co-worker find a safe bike route? Or- what novels you might read on the bus, that you wouldn't have time for otherwise?  Try biking for groceries, like these Undrivers?  Sky's the limit - exercise your creativity and resourcefulness. Wishing you many Undriving adventures in the New Year!

Happy Holidays and Thanks for Undriving,
Julia Field and the whole Undriving team

PS. Have you put the bike in the garage til spring?  Check out this article from Momentum Magazine, "How to Enjoy Winter Biking."  Really! 

What are YOU reading on Transit?

UndergroundNYlibraryWe came upon this wonderful photo series, called the Underground New York Public Library.  Have a look: great portraits of subway riders and the books they're reading. And, if you're in the Seattle area: Join Transportation Choices Coalition's Books on the Bus program!

Meet Chris, an Undriver on Three Wheels!

ChrisAndLily 4If you get out and about in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, you might just run into Chris and her dog Lily, out on their electric-assist tricycle. 
   Chris has had balance issues her whole life, and never learned to ride a bike as a child.  She got her first "bike" at age 59 - this three-wheeler  she can ride with confidence. And the electric motor gives her a good boost on Seattle's infamous hills!
   Chris used to rely on the bus, but she found that schedules and routes couldn't always get her where she wanted to be in a timely fashion. Then she found this trike online, and it's changed everything. "I just love it - I can go wherever I want, whenever I want." Her dog Lily is a regular passenger, in the front basket.  "I used to tie her in, then realized it's safer not to - I fell once, and Lily just hopped out."
Thanks, Chris, for Undriving!

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