First, I really feel it’s vital to acknowledge that I’m not residing with a incapacity and am capable of stroll or bike experience cheap distances. Mobility issues play a big function in residing automobile free or automobile lite, by selection or necessity, and is usually a vital barrier when sidewalks and different infrastructure are missing, which is frequent in Snohomish County.
Nonetheless, the Week Without Driving challenge, hosted by Incapacity Rights Washington and the Incapacity Mobility Initiative, aimed to permit others to expertise what, “1 / 4 of the individuals in Washington state – individuals with disabilities, younger individuals, seniors and individuals who can’t afford automobiles or gasoline,” dwell with day-after-day.
Working for our county’s public transportation company I even have a deep data of public transit choices, so how laborious might it’s…? Effectively…
Regardless of how a lot you understand, there are quite a lot of boundaries and issues that affect everybody touring outdoors of a automobile. A part of the problem was to doc each the positives and negatives of your week. Listed here are just a few of my experiences:
Obstacles: Frequency of transit service typically meant lengthy waits; lack of secure bike driving infrastructure; no sidewalks or inaccessible sidewalks
Issues I gave up: Out of doors recreation like mountain climbing within the mountains, which is usually not accessible with out proudly owning, renting, or asking somebody with a automobile to drive you
Time impacts: Sure! Virtually each journey took longer than driving
Issues I loved: Speaking to individuals! On transit I nearly all the time see somebody I do know or speak to a different rider, even when briefly; additionally figuring out I used to be decreasing my affect on our local weather and air pollution crises
Issues I didn’t take pleasure in: Lack of secure bike infrastructure; higher publicity to dangerous climate; much less time with household
Over my week, I rode 5 completely different bus routes, gentle rail, biked, e-biked and walked throughout Edmonds, to my workplace in south Everett, and to downtown Seattle.
There is no such thing as a higher strategy to find out about our transportation programs and deficiencies than by going out and experiencing them. I hope different Edmonds residents will proceed to consider how they journey round our area and think about collaborating in occasions just like the Week With out Driving as we search to enhance mobility, entry to important locations, and tackle our environmental disaster.
Lastly, particular due to Edmonds Metropolis Council Scholar Consultant Brook Roberts and Youth Fee Chair Owen Lee for additionally collaborating within the problem, and the Incapacity Rights Washington groups for bringing this ahead to our communities.
— By Luke Distelhorst
Edmonds Metropolis Council Place 2