The Record’s response
Thank you for your idea. I have discussed it with the city editor and have decided we are unable to do it at this time.
Managing Editor, Waterloo Region Record
Thank you very much for the response.
Forty-five people co-signed the letter to the Record. We are disappointed by this decision.
There was no expectation that the challenge to Mr. Outhit be done at this time, just that it be done. As long as the Record continues to have a dedicated transportation column, we believe the challenge is appropriate and we hope that it continue to be actively considered.
What we achieved
While we were not successful in getting Jeff Outhit to experience living without his own car–not yet anyway, I believe our efforts have been worthwhile. We have let The Record and Mr. Outhit know about our concerns. More importantly, we have demonstrated that there is strong support for a mix of transportation choices as our region moves forward. Public transit, carsharing, cycling, walking, car pooling, etc are all viable options that many people use. I believe it is important to note that they are choosing to use them and not only being used from lack of choice.
I hope that by raising these points in a positive manner that the Record and Mr. Outhit may make different choices in the future regarding coverage of transportation issues. If so, that’s quite an achievement and I’m happy.
The Waterloo Region Transportation Challenge
The Jeff Outhit Challenge is not moving ahead so instead I will issue the challenge to others to live without their car for 30 days. We will call it the Waterloo Region Transportation Challenge. The terms would be the same and so if you are a two car family, becoming a one car family would be meeting the challenge.
One person has come forward to accept it and share their experiences. That’s enough but more would be better.
If you are interested in also accepting the challenge, please indicate so below in the comments section or send me a message. Once we know who will participate, we’ll figure out he rest of the logistics such as when and let everyone know how to follow the experience of people who have accepted the challenge.
I’d gladly take the challenge myself except I’ve already done so and have continued to live that way.