This is a map of my daily commute to work. I have a 13 minute half-mile walk to work and I LOVE that about living in a small Vermont town -- that I can technically walk everywhere. I know this isn't the case for everyone and it's something I tried hard for when I was looking for apartments, and it's been great. I'm going to be moving again pretty soon most likely, as my fellowship ends in June. I'm hoping whereever I end up that I can still have a commute that is mostly on foot or public transportation. My car Petunia is really old and so I feel like I get points for not having to buy a whole new car/put her in the scrap heap, but she's also pretty stinky and I don't want her emitting too much. I'm usually pretty good at leaving her in the driveway most of the time, but with the cold and having to carry things and a few mornings of being so late I wouldn't make it in on time... I've been sliding. As (real) spring approaches I'm excited for bike weather to be back. I haven't used my bike nearly as much as I could and as a result take silly car trips to the grocery store for my big loads of groceries when I could just be filling up my saddle bags! So my goal for this spring to is get out the bike pump and have her ready to go for those mornings I'm running too late to walk or when I have a heavy load to carry.
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