Wednesday, October 29, 2014

‘Drive Less Challenge’ promotes transportation options

From Drive Less Connect comes encouraging news: during the 14-day Oregon Drive Less Challenge, Oregon travelers logged 1,082,491 miles of walking, bicycling, travel by public transit and other modes of travel.

By not taking these trips in a single-occupant vehicle, Oregon travelers eliminated 749,024 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions and saved $286,091.

Drive Less Connect encourages Oregon travelers to “Don’t stop now! Even though the Challenge is over, you can still continue exploring your transportation options and use to log those trips.”

This walker, bike-commuter and rider of public transit is proud to have done her part to reduce society’s dependence on the automobile.

We need to get away from the mentality that “everyone” should drive, or that driving is a “basic right.” (Driving is not a “basic right.” Driving is a privilege.) But to be successful, we need viable infrastructure that supports auto-use alternatives.

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