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Resolve to Walk and Bike

Testimonials from your Neighbors

With cabin fever setting in for many Seattle-ites after this week’s winter storm, this is the perfect time to figure out how you can walk and bike more frequently.  It’s a well know fact that walking and biking are great forms of exercise that can help you lose weight, reduce stress, and kick the winter blues.  But health benefits aside, there’s no doubt that using your own power to get around town can help you save cash, get to know your neighborhood better, and reduce your carbon footprint.

Seattle’s One Less Car Challenge is a fantastic way to get started.  From personal one-on-one support to tools and tips and even incentives, this is the place to go to get started. 

Here’s what some of your neighbors have said about taking on the challenge and leaving their cars in the driveway more often:

“What a great experience. I have lost 10 pounds this year, gotten to know my neighborhood, and learned how to walk while reading. Thanks!”

“I just love the overall experience of not having to worry about car ownership costs (and unexpected repair bills!) I can grab a Zipcar if needed, but also love being able to walk and bike to do errands and fun trips around town.”

“Living without a car has made life both a lot less stressful and a lot less expensive.  I’m fortunate to have a bus pass through UW, but I only use it when the weather gets really bad.  Mainly, I walk and bike where I need to go.”

“Every day I commute not using a car, it’s 100% less stressful and so much more enjoyable.  I will go out of my way to never commute by car on a daily basis again (including taking a lower paying job, for example).  The stress is just not worth it.”

“With the money we saved on maintenance, insurance, gas, etc, we were able to pay off the car we have left. No more car payments!”

“I’ve really gotten to know Seattle on foot — I walked so much this past year that I ended up signing up for and walking the Seattle marathon!”

“I’ve really gotten into biking in the last year, in large part because the voucher from the one less car challenge helped me purchase the basics for cycling in Seattle: lights, rainpants, gloves, etc.  It is easier to stay fit”

“Spending the past year walking around my neighborhood, means I now know my neighborhood much better.  Not a one time thing, it’s the accumulation of little events.”

“After three months without a car, I maintain it was the best decision I’d made in years. Now, I either ride my bicycle, walk, or ride the bus to get from point A to point B. The exercise from this act alone makes it worthwhile”