01 - January 16, 2006 6:30 - 8:40
Location: Flowers, 4247 University Way
Present: Kent Peterson
Bill Carr (meeting organizer); Michael Snyder; Robert Zverina; Dusty
We started with some introductions...
Michael Snyder has been carfree for a little over a year. He was inspired
by an elderly neighbor who has lived in Seattle all her life without owning
a car. He used to commute from Ballard to Redmond by bicycle and noted that
the bike/bus combo was quicker than driving a single occupancy vehicle
(especially on the evening return trip). He created an Excel spreadsheet
to calculate the hidden costs of driving.
Kent Peterson is the Commuting Program Director for Bicycle Alliance.
He rides 17.5 miles each way each day between downtown Seattle (Pioneer Square
area) and his home in pedestrian-friendly downtown Issaquah. Prior to working
at the Bike Alliance, he was a fulltime bicycle mechanic at
Valley Cycle in Redmond, where he still works part-time. He and his family
(wife and two sons) have been carfree since 1987.
Bill Carr was active in Seattle CarFree Days 2001 & 2002. He has
kept the carfree flame burning ever since. He organized this meeting. His
vision is simple: to reduce the role of automobiles in urban areas.
Robert Zverina was co-organizer (with Sarah Kavage) of Seattle CarFree
Days 2001 & 2002. After that he fell off, except for sporadic updates
and occasional editorial contributions to
Dusty is a CarFree meeting regular. He originally got interested because
it was something social to do. He lives CarFree in Bellevue.
The main question on the table was threefold:
Who are we? What do we want? How do we get it?
It was decided that the next meeting will determine the identity, goal(s),
and name of the group.
(Many possibilities were discussed, but the loose term "club" seemed most
Possible goals for the "club" were enumerated:
- To lobby for legislative change
- Produce and disseminate educational materials
- Organize consciousness-raising events
- Work to have Seattle host the 2007
Carfree Cities Conference.
Attendees agreed to...
- Bring at least one other person with them to next meeting.
- Research models of other CarFree organizations.
- Consider the pros and cons of organizing a CarFree event for September
- Ponder a vision for a CarFree organizational model which could be
effective specific to Seattle as well as serve as a template for other
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