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I’m a Nondriver—and There’s a Good Chance You Are, Too

Two young passengers on a bus, traveling through the city.

Nearly a third of people in the US can't drive due to various reasons, such as disabilities, age, financial constraints, or lack of driving skills. This reality creates significant barriers for everyday tasks, transforming simple errands into lengthy journeys on public transport. From older adults who no longer drive to younger individuals who haven't reached driving age, many face problems in accessing essential services and participating in community life.

The misconception that driving equals freedom disregards the diverse needs of nondrivers, including a significant number of Black, brown, and Native American individuals. Structural racism and inadequate investment in public transit further exacerbate these problems, leaving nondrivers dependent on others for mobility and increasing social isolation.

Imagine a future where our communities are designed for inclusivity, where essential services, amenities, and activities are accessible via safe, reliable public transit and within walking distance. By acknowledging and addressing the needs of nondrivers, we can create vibrant, equitable communities where everyone can fully participate. Let's prioritize planning events and activities that don't require driving, ensuring that our communities cater to all residents, regardless of their ability to drive. Together, we can remove barriers to accessibility, foster greater connection, and build communities where everyone belongs. 

Explore the full article to learn how we can turn this vision into reality.  I’m a Nondriver—and There’s a Good Chance You Are, Too

by Anna Zivarts

Striving to remove barriers that prevent us from building a Diverse, Vibrant, Inclusive, Accessible Community!

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