People without a car or unable to drive should be able to get to where they need to go safely and effectively. But every day, Americans who can’t drive – approximately 25 percent of the population – face significant barriers to mobility such as inadequate sidewalks, poor transit, lack of connectivity and dangerous roads. The needs of non-drivers are too-often disregarded in transportation infrastructure and policies. Our goal should be a transportation system designed to support all individuals, regardless of ability, age, or income, that will strengthen our communities and enhance our quality of life.
In 2020, Disability Mobility Initiative began documenting the experiences of non-drivers in the State of Washington. In 2021 and 2022, they challenged elected officials and other decision-makers to a Week Without Driving – with profound effects on those who participated. For 2023, Disability Mobility Initiative is partnering with America Walks to take Week Without Driving national.
America Walks urges elected officials, public officials, transportation professionals, organizations, advocates, and individuals to participate in the National Week Without Driving. We want those who have the option to drive regularly to understand the barriers and challenges that non-drivers face when trying to move safely in their communities, and work with non-drivers to create better communities for all.
Join us October 2-8, 2023 to take on the challenge.
Want to challenge yourself to not drive for one week? Sign up for the challenge and get connected to local organizations hosting the events.
Organizations who want to host a Week Without Driving event in their own communities will get connected to the National Week Without Driving Coalition for resources, materials, templates, support, and more.
- Leading the National Week Without Driving, October 2-8, 2023
- Why We Still Need a #WeekWithoutDriving
- WEBINAR: How You Can Host Your Own “Week Without Driving”
- The Week Without Driving campaign
- Week Without Driving, October 2-8, 2023
- Opinion: Here’s Why We All Need a ‘Week Without Driving’
- Next City: It’s Not Just Highways. The Time For Street Reform Is Now.