Research Findings


Survey of Sustainable Ballard Festival Undrivers (November 2007):
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  • An impressive 30% of Undrivers responded to our survey.
  • 96% of respondents followed through with their Undriving pledge.
  • The top-rated motivation to try Undriving was concern about global warming and CO2 emissions (88%). Others included stress or hassle of driving (56%), cost of driving (53%), and “wanted to get my Undriver License” (46%). Other comments:

• “Wanted to show my friends how easy it is to be carfree.
• “Wished to support and be a part of the collective effort of this project.”
• “Driving = hurrying; let’s slow down.”

  • 70% got started on a new habit or pattern, as a result of the Undriving program. Some examples:

• “I am now busing to work every day. We now leave our car parked five days a week!”
• “No more driving my daughter to school (it’s only 1/3 of a mile!). walking to grocery store (1/2 mile) when I can carry what I buy.”
• “I am much more willing to bike in the rain – I got good raingear and got over the idea that it was too uncomfortable.”
• “Instead of driving my dog to the dog park, I walk him to neighborhood fields and get exercise myself.”
• “Think more before getting a ride somewhere – can I walk or bus?”
• My five-year-old has an Undriver license that he proudly wears on his backpack. He has either biked or walked to school ever day so far. He likes to tell people he’s reducing global warming.”

  • In response to the question, “What benefits did you realize from Undriving,” respondents said:

• “More time with my kid. Living the example I want her to see.”
• “Better punctuality, even though Undriving takes an hour longer to get to work. Go figure!”
• “I convinced my neighbor to take a bus trip with me.”
• “Donated my car.”

Survey of “Focus the Nation” Undrivers (March 2008):

  • This group of Undrivers included more people who live without a car, using bus and bicycle as primary modes of transport. They made powerful pledges to share their Undriving experiences with others, to not accept rides when someone would be going out of their way to pick them up, and to speak up to family members about their car use.
  • Over 30% of Undrivers responded, 95% followed through on their pledge, and over 70% started new patterns or habits as a result of Undriving.
  • Sadly, due to an unfortunate click of the mouse – the survey results for this group of Undrivers have disappeared into cyberspace. (Darn! Where’s that ‘Undo’ button?).

Survey of “Green My Ride” Undrivers (June 2008):
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  • An impressive 40% of Undrivers responded to our survey!
  • 94% of respondents followed through with their Undriving pledge.
  • The top-rated motivation to try Undriving was concern about global warming and CO2 emissions (82%). Others included stress or hassle of driving (47%), cost of driving (42%). Other motivations:

• “The discount at PCC.”

• “The challenge of getting out of my car, getting exercise & living more simply.”

  • 70% got started on a new habit or pattern, as a result of the Undriving program. Some examples:

• “My husband and I are using a trailer attached to our bikes to do our grocery runs.”

• “Carpooling 1 day per week when our schedules match. Dusted off my bike!”

• “I went to the medical clinic which involved using 2 new bus routes I’d not used before. I discovered that the transfer process was more efficient that I expected.”

• “Instead of driving my dog to the dog park, I walk him to neighborhood fields and get exercise myself.”

• “I had two evening meetings for work, one in Rainier Valley, the other on Beacon Hill. Instead of checking out a staff car, I took Metro buses. Both situations worked out well because I had consulted schedules beforehand.”

  • In response to the question, “What benefits did you realize from Undriving,” 84% are getting more exercise, and 68% feel good about making a positive change. Other respondents said:

• “Shopping with bike makes you more careful about what you buy and eat.”
• “Got my kids (3 & 6) thinking about transportation choices.”

Survey of Sustainable West Seattle Undrivers (June 2008):
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  • An impressive 34% of Undrivers responded to our survey.
  • 95.8% of respondents followed through with their Undriving pledge.
  • The top-rated motivations to try Undriving were concern about global warming and CO2 emissions (78%) and free METRO bus tickets (72%). Others included cost of driving (61%), stress or hassle of driving (53%), and “wanted to get my Undriver License” (45%). Other comments:

    • “My grandchildren deserve a cleaner world.”
    • “Was Undriving anyway so why not make it official.”
    • “The awesome Viking hat.”

  • 67% got started on a new habit or pattern, as a result of the Undriving program. Some examples:

• “I’m biking farther for work and errands. I was inspired by Undriving to bike (instead of bus or car) to far-off errands and out of office work sites 10 or 20 miles from home. I got to know new parts of my city and had fun riding new routes.
• “Even though a 5 minute driving trip turned into a 30 minute walking trip with my children, we all enjoyed it immensely. We walked to and from school and the store, enjoying the fresh air, exercise and time to stop and smell the flowers. The girls are learning to appreciate and identity the flora and fauna.”

• “I didn’t drive on Thursday during the day. I either stayed home, or took the bus or walked if I could. It was fun. I found a sense of freedom and relaxation as I took the bus around. I also got to tell people why I wasn’t driving. I met old friends, former students and made a couple of new friends. I will continue to take one day a week away from driving.”

• “My Undriver License pledge was to not drive to grocery shop. Since then I’ve decided to bike more – and after a small road trip in July, to sell my car and be carless!”