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Understand US Car Dependency with a Week Without Driving- Bloomberg CityLab

By Anna Zivarts


Nearly a third of the US population does not have a driver’s license. This cohort of nondriving Americans isn’t just children below driving age: It encompasses a growing share of young adults, older people who have aged out of their driving years, and people with disabilities — including low-vision people like me. Many others do not have access to a car, a group that is much more likely to include Black and Native American people, immigrants and those in poverty.

And yet, because we have built our transportation system around being able to drive yourself in a personal vehicle, the prospect of trying to make it for a week without getting behind the wheel feels insurmountable to many US residents — particularly those in leadership positions.


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