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At the beginning of October, many local elected officials, planners and other community leaders in Humboldt County took on a simple but significant challenge: don’t get behind the wheel of a car for seven days. They were participating in the first National Week Without Driving, which was organized in our region by the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities (CRTP).

The challenge was designed to give decision-makers personal insights into what life is like for the many people who can’t drive because of disability, age, or because they just can’t afford it.

Participants included Humboldt County Supervisor Natalie Arroyo, Rio Dell Mayor Debra Garnes, and Eureka City Councilmember Mario Fernandez, all of whom join host Colin Fiske of CRTP to reflect on their experiences.