San Francisco

Book Talk: When Driving Is Not an Option: Steering Away from Car Dependency

In-Person Forum


Photo of book cover on the left and headshot of author on the right

One third of people living in the United States do not have a driver license. The majority of involuntary nondrivers are disabled, lower income, unhoused, formerly incarcerated, undocumented immigrants, kids, young people, and the elderly. They are also largely invisible due to a mobility system designed almost exclusively for drivers. When Driving is Not an Option shines a light on the reality for non-drivers and explains how improving our transportation system with nondrivers in mind will create a better quality of life for everyone. This book is written by a low-vision mom, disability advocate, and fellow non-driver Anna Letitia Zivarts.

During this event, Zivarts will explain that when the needs of involuntary nondrivers are viewed as essential to how we design our transportation systems and our communities, not only will we be able to more easily get where we need to go, but the changes will lead to healthier, climate-friendly communities for everyone.


  • Moderator: Laura Tolkoff / Transportation Policy Director, SPUR
  • Anna Zivarts / Author, When Driving Is Not an Option: Steering Away from Car Dependency
  • Jeff Wood / Principal, The Overhead Wire


Doors will open 30 minutes in advance of the program.



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