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My walkable living story

Almost 4 in 10 DC households are car-free, and even more are car-light. That’s not because DC is full of car-hating zealots; it’s because life is simply more convenient that way, when the conditions are right.

When 5 minutes of walking, along a pleasant and safe sidewalk, can get you to most of your daily needs, and cycling or high-frequency transit can get to the rest, driving is more of pain than convenience. Especially when you factor in battling for parking and road rage, not to mention cost.

So when the Coalition for Smarter Growth started putting together Walkable Living Stories, about how and why so many DC residents go car-free or car-light, I wanted to participate. Here’s my story:

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“My wife and I hate sitting in traffic and wanted to never have to do it again. So we opted out! When we selected our apartment, we intentionally picked one in the densest part of DC. Within two blocks of our apartment we have a grocery store, convenience mart, dry-cleaner, hardware store, and several cafes. So almost all our daily errands are on foot, or Capital Bikeshare. My commute is on the 16th St. bus line, where buses come every few minutes (more often than Metro trains!), so we never have to wait long. And we never have to look for parking, because we don’t need any! Our apartment costs more than one in the suburbs would, but we don’t have a car payment, nor an insurance payment, nor any gasoline bills. We do occasionally rent cars for out-of-town trips, but that’s much less hassle and cost than car ownership.”

For more about CSG’s Walkable Living Stories project, visit their website, or see today’s big GGW post.

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Is Washington D.C. a Walkable and Bikeable City? These People Say It Is

Ginnie from the Walkable Living Stories campaign.

What a way to kick off summer, with the Coalition for Smarter Growth launch today of Walkable Living Stories.

The campaign shares the stories of dozens of Washington D.C. residents who have chosen a walkable lifestyle. When you get to the site, you find yourself clicking on the interactive map to see where the 38 percent of the car-free or car-lite district households reside and how they do it.

You can click on your community, an individual storyteller, or a neighborhood that interests you. You may even click on someone you know (Editor: Such as Dan Malouff from Dupont Circle, who works with us at Arlington County Commuter Services and is a blogger for Greater Greater Washington). You will, at the least, find that the people are easily recognizable and relatable. They may be your co-worker, friend, neighbor, fellow cyclist, walker, or someone you see daily on the metro on your way to yoga.

I clicked on Ginnie, head librarian at D.C. Public Libraries. She says that Capital Bikeshare has changed her life and uses it to get to work, even on rainy days. Ginny has made sharing (checking out books from the library) part of her work life, so it made perfect sense for her to extend the sharing lifestyle (bikesharing) to her personal life?

And, don’t we already live in a shareable world? Sharing has definitely made my life easier, more fun, healthier, and more affordable. We can already appreciate the benefits of sharing with free wi-fi hot spots, potlucks, clothing swaps, gamification, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia …

It’s human nature to share, and how great it is for the Coalition for Smarter Growth to expose us all to the ways that D.C. residents creatively and enthusiastically pursue this lifestyle.

Let’s hope this campaign makes the District (and the region) more walkable.

Submit your own story here.

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