by Malie Larish, Treasurer
During my childhood in Hilo, Hawai‘i, I depended almost completely on cars for transportation.Â After moving to Bellingham, Washington to attend college, I was able to meet all of my mobility needs using public transit, my bicycle, and my own two feet. I was delighted with how this car-free lifestyle connected me with the outdoors and my community on a daily basis.
When I moved back to Hawai‘i, I was chagrined to have to rely on a car so heavily again, but I was also motivated to promote the development of car-free mobility for our islands. This prompted me to attend the Sierra Club’s Complete Streets Training this past December in Minnesota.