Undriving.org is the first organization I volunteered with as soon as I had moved here from KY. I was thrilled with my new decision to be car less and happy to connect with similar minded folks so soon.This group was started by my friend Julia Field and they challenge all of us to get creative about getting around. They ask you to pledge to take some action just in the next month that gets you out of the car.
For children their pledge could be “I’ll walk to my friend’s house twice a week”, others pledge to shop using their bike, or perhaps to teach someone else how to ride the bus downtown. These pledges are small steps that really do help to change our mindsets about jumping into the car for every trip. Research confirms that this is effective stating that 72 % of Undrivers report establishing a new transportation habit as a result of taking the pledge!
The Undriving team of volunteers set up at fairs and local events like street festivals to take pledges and to issue Undriving licenses; amazing since their 2007 start they have issued over 6,000 undriving licenses. Potentially a real transportation shift changer for those folks that have answered the question posed by Undriving “what can you change in the next month?”
Look for my friends and the undriving licensing booth while you are out and about at events this summer. Also you can order your Undriving license on line- or even invite undriving to your next community event. Having your own Undriving license not only makes a statement about your commitment to your personal health, to the health of the earth, but displaying your license is a great conversation starter!