When Driving Is Not an Option: Steering Away from Car Dependency

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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author
Anna Letitia Zivarts is a low-vision mom and nondriver who was born with the neurological condition nystagmus. Since launching the Disability Mobility Initiative at Disability Rights Washington in 2020, Anna has worked to bring the voices of nondrivers to the planning and policy-making tables through organizing, research and policy campaigns led by nondrivers.

She began her career as a organizer and videographer, producing videos and collecting stories for the LGBT & HIV/AIDS and Voting Rights projects at the ACLU, and co-founding the union and worker-run video production company Time of Day Media.
"With When Driving Is Not an Option, Anna Zivarts has coined the defining language of what will surely be a new movement--The Nondriver Movement--and sown a new common ground for everyone oppressed by a car-dominant culture. This book is exacting, whip-smart, and a must-read for every planner, urbanist, traffic engineer, and person who cares about how we all get around."--Jessie Singer, author of 'There Are No Accidents: The Deadly Rise of Injury and Disaster--Who Profits and Who Pays the Price'
"Zivarts provides a needed perspective of involuntary nondrivers who are also most impacted by traffic crashes, pollution, and lack of access to housing and mobility options. When Driving Is Not an Option is a must-read for disability, transportation, and environmental advocates, policy makers, and planners seeking to create a just, equitable, and livable world."--Carol Tyson, Government Affairs Liaison, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)
"Anna's work sharing real-life mobility experiences and challenges has been key in helping transportation officials and agencies understand the very real need to expand safe access to all our citizens--including those who don't or can't drive. This isn't just something we should do; it's work we must do."--Roger Millar, Secretary of Transportation, Washington State Department of Transportation and former President (2022-2023), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (ASHTO)