Hello newsletter readers,
As we've been sheltering-in-place across the country, the desire to go outside and be able to move around freely has become uncomfortably apparent - at least to me. I've been taking long bike rides around Washington D.C. to literally place my mind elsewhere and get some fresh air. I'm amazed at how clean and fresh the air is at this time, with a lot less vehicles on the road idling in traffic. I feel safer biking now than I ever did before. With substantially less vehicles to share the road with, and less of a need to weave and wiggle around double-parked cars in bike lanes or buses hopping from stop to stop, it makes me think - why can't it be like this every day?
Through mobility management, the opportunity to improve the everyday conditions and experiences of those around us can happen. Why can't every major road have protected, separate bike lanes so everyone can feel safe to bike where they please? Why can't everyone make their medical appointments on time, every time, regardless of ability to own or operate their own vehicle? Why can't those who desire to take a career development program, make it to every session even if where they live is inaccessible to public transportation?
As those working in the field of mobility management know, the answers to these questions are varied and complex. No one solution will work for any situation but it's of utmost importance to imagine that there exists a solution for every situation - and that it can be accomplished. When the time comes to get things back to normal, as an end to this current period is becoming clearer, consider there's the chance to change things to be better. I now know what biking conditions I'd like to experience every time I saddle up to go somewhere and will work towards making that the case. Maybe a new idea for improving senior mobility or for justice-involved folks is in your head right now. Go act on it! In our workplaces continue to consider the impact access to mobility has on everyone, every day. The world can be a better place and we can make that happen.
As always, if you have any recommendations for website or newsletter content, a written piece you'd like considered for NCMM's blog, Mobility Lines, or just want to reach out, my contact information is below.