From Community Transit, we’re sharing experiences from three of our employees who participated::
- Roland Behee, Director of Planning and Development
- Christina Strand, Administrative Assistant II, Transportation
- Luke Distelhorst, Outreach and Public Engagement Specialist
So how did these Community Transit employees access work, essential needs, recreation and other transportation needs?
I spoke to quite a few people about the experience and three people said they want to start bike riding more for transportation!
I also used my e-cargo bike to commute one day and for all my food shopping trips and errands.
I used my bike for things like running to the post office or shopping and added a bus ride to go to work during the rain and wind. Usually, I’m less likely to ride my bike in stormy weather. This week I just powered through, with the challenge providing that incentive.
Some of the items noted by the participants included:
- Lack of bike lanes, safe bike infrastructure, and bike route signage
- Certain areas have inaccessible sidewalks, no sidewalks, or there were obstructions on sidewalks or in bike lanes
- Bus frequencies vary depending on route, which can mean longer waits for some connections
- Not all bus stops have shelters, which means more exposure to bad weather
- Need for increased focus on clothing choices for rain, allowing extra time for travel, and details of how to transport goods or other items when running errands
- Limited access to regional recreational areas, like hiking destinations
- Overall, participation in the Week Without Driving helps highlight the current state of transit and active transportation options, and deficiencies as well.
“Congratulations to our staff for getting out there to walk in our customers’ shoes and experience mobility from different perspectives. Efforts like this give us insight into how we can better serve our communities.”