Today my seven year old asked me why her friend and her mom were walking and I commented that they didn't have a car so they walk everywhere. She was astonished that someone might not have a car. She wondered why and I told her that cars are expensive and some people just can't afford one. Her mind was blown. Living in town it is possible to take care of most of our basic needs by walking from place to place, but grocery shopping for a family isn't easy when you have only your feet to get you there. Just lugging a gallon of milk home from down town demonstrates this point. By the time you are half way home it feels like you are carrying a boulder. So, though it's difficult and takes more time we are trying to walk it if we can and be grateful that for the bigger things we are fortunate enough to have a vehicle when we need it.
Transportation Challenge #1
Getting around should be Easy, Affordable, and Healthy - for everyone. Share a creative expression of what you value about these mobility rights!
Vermonters spend more than $1.5 billion on gas. Cars and Trucks account for almost half of our carbon footprint.
Darlings, no matter who you are, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness becomes whole a lot trickier when traveling around is expensive, inconvenient, or a real pain in the posterior. This challenge is a chance to reconsider what transportation should be for everyone: fun, accessible, and healthy - without costing an arm and a leg! So whether it's a drawing, a song, or a witty little meme, let's give a refreshing boost to what we value about transportation!
- Pick one of the "Mobility Rights" that most appeals to you - maybe an area that you'd like to improve in your life.
- Create a work of art (drawing, song, dance, wall mural, totem pole) which represents what it looks, sounds, or feels like to you.
- Share it in the box below!
We try to accentuate the positive, but if you'd prefer to focus on what your community needs...
- Is there a transportation issue, conundrum, or problem in your community that you'd like most to fix?
- What is it, and how would you fix it?
- Please share this information with a pinch of creative expression!
If you're stuck, start moving around!
Doodle on a napkin.
Ask a teammate!
A Few Creative Possibilities:
A Flag or Crest
A Mobility Map of where you go and how you get there
Song lyrics about running, walking, or biking
A mini-movie highlighting one awesome aspect of Mobility Rights