While it’s easy to understand how traveling via only bus can be a challenge or why dedicated bike lanes foster safety, it’s a whole different thing to experience for yourself. Disability Rights Washington hopes the week-long experiment can create a more robust advocacy network and in turn, a better community.
You won’t be the only one who’s trying it. Several Seattle + King County councilmembers, Sound Transit’s incoming CEO Julie Timm, Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson, and many other local officials are also jumping in on the challenge.
So, how does it work?
There are only a few parameters, since the point is to get people to think creatively and have a well-rounded experience.
You’re free to use whatever mode of transportation you want, but try not to drive your car at all.
Think about how using your mode of choice might affect your day-to-day in the longer term. How quickly does the price of Ubers add up?How would you repay a friend who drives you around for a month?How would your walk change if you had a broken leg or bad ankle?
Silent Reading Party | Wed., Sep. 21 | 6-8 p.m. | Hotel Sorrento, 900 Madison St. | $8 | Bring a book or newspaper, reserve a spot by the fire, and drift away to the sound of a live pianist. 📚
Yerbana Yoga in the Park | Thurs., Sept. 22 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Gas Works Park | Free | Relax and settle into some stretches. 🧘
Samantha Fish | Fri., Sept. 23 | 6 p.m. | The Crocodile | $63+ | The Kansas City singer-songwriter’s work spans country, funk, blues, and bluegrass.
The Stronks with Gonna Be Friends | Fri., Sept. 23 | 8 p.m.-12 a.m. | Substation, 645 NW 45th St. | $15 | Get ready to rock with these tribute bands of the Strokes + the White Stripes. 🎸
End of Summer Party and Silent Disco | Fri., Sept. 23 | 11 p.m.-2 a.m. | Hatch Cantina, 200 Bell St. | $15+ | Grab some headphones and silently dance the night away to Latin, house, hip-hop, and pop hits. 🎧
Impress the in-laws with a dinner rez here — Columbia City’sOff Alley was just included on the New York Times’Top 50 restaurants in America list. The article lauds the combination of Off Alley’s small bistro feel and urban edge. 🍽 (New York Times)
Well, duh — a ranking by Lawn Love put Seattle at the top of its Best Cities for Beer Lovers 2022 list. Qualities like access, beer quality, and affordability contributed to the each city’s placement. Second place went to Denver and third place went to Portland — better luck next time, neighbor. 🍻
The Seattle City Council will vote today on whether private companies can share bus stops with public transit agencies on a more permanent basis. Seattle’s pilot program for “shuttle zones”has been used primarily by large companies like Microsoft and Amazon and has required businesses to pay a fee of $5,000 since 2017. 🚌 (Capitol Hill Blog)
Here’s a jaw dropper for you — one couple recently listed their Mercer Island home for a whopping $15.75 million. The house includes four bedrooms, four fireplaces, a deep-water dock that can hold a 90-ft yacht, and a wine cellar. 🏡 (Puget Sound Business Journal)
The Sustainable Ballard Festivalreturns this Saturday for its 17th year. The festival will feature hands-on exhibits + demonstrations that show how actions big and small can reduce our carbon footprint. The festival will be held at the Loyal Heights Community Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ♻️ (My Ballard)
Seattle recently gained another unicorn start-up — meaning the company is valued over $1 billion — after retail software provider Swiftlyraised an additional $100 million. The company provides grocers with branded phone apps to improve in-store experiences. 🦄 (GeekWire)
Make it picture perfect — nonprofit Photographic Center Northwest has a plan for its new, redeveloped space up for a design review. In addition to housing the nonprofit at 900 12th Avenue, plans include an additional 171 apartments + underground parking for 42 cars. 📸 (Capitol Hill Blog)
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Editor’s pick: So, here’s another reason that I personally think people should try out this Week Without Driving — I think you’ll be surprised about what sorts of places you discover in your neighborhood when you’re not focused on traffic.
When I was carless for a few months, not only was it fun finding new parks and restaurants I never would have noticed before, but I felt more connected to my community than I ever had. Give it a try and have an adventure.
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