I’m out of office so I’m scheduling a few quick posts for while I’m away. Here are two easy things you can do that have lots of potential to spur support for transit trekking and improved transit overall.
Talk About It.
Whenever you travel for recreation, be sure to mention that you either came by transit or that you would like to. This is especially important to mention to smaller, local businesses when you’re visiting smaller communities in predominantly rural areas. These are the folks that are likely to have the ear of electeds and other decision makers, and if the small business community hears it enough, they are more likely to make sure that electeds know. I will write more about this in The Transit Trekker Manual, but if you are able to work in language about how the people in the area who depend on transit also deserve more frequent transit service, great.
Write reviews of your trips in All the Places, and mention if you came by transit, bike, etc. and include a few details. Didn’t come by transit but know a place can be reached that way? Mention it. I have started doing this with my trip reports for hikes over at WTA. Here’s a recent one for a day hike at Rattlesnake Ledge. When I visit restaurants or stay in private campgrounds or motels or wherever while I’m on a Transit Trek, I will mention how bike-friendly or transit accessible that place is. TripAdvisor. TikTok. Yelp. Like I said: All the Places.
These are small but potentially powerful ways to show key people — small biz owners, outdoor advocacy organizations, and other travelers — that transit-based recreation is not only possible, but in demand.
I’m away this week so I’m scheduling a few quick posts sharing some of the car-free content I’ve found around the web in my research for The Transit Trekker Manual.
Here’s an old post from The Sightline Institute asking for car-free vacation ideas, with a bunch of comments offering up suggestions and experiences. Not surprisingly, the San Juan Islands and Port Townsend make a lot of appearances.
All of my vacations are car-free because I don’t have a driver’s license (fun, random fact: for some reason the WADOL styles this “driver license.”). But it’s interesting to see the interest even 15 years ago for car-free recreation options….
The photo above is from my March 2021 transit trek to Deception Pass on Whidbey Island.
The post features the C&O Canal, which I rode on what I think of as my first official transit trek, from NYC to DC and the C&O and then on to Pittsburg via the Great Allegheny Passage, about a decade ago. We even stayed in a lockhouse like the one featured in the post. More on that in a later post. As many 300+ -mile bike tour can be, it was quite the adventure.
The photo above is NOT from the C&O trip, as I don’t have those at hand. It’s from one of my many trips to Tolt-MacDonald Park, which is adjacent the Snoqualmie Valley Trail, which connects to the hundreds-miles long Palouse to Cascades Trail — a rough Washington state analog to C&O and Great Allegheny Passage trails.