In Washington State, 12.8 percent of our population has a disability that impacts our ability to access transportation. Of those of us with travel-limiting disabilities, only one-fifth of us who are working age report working full or part time. A big part of this is because of the barriers we face in transportation access.



Street view of a sidewalk

Sidewalks Are A Critical – Yet They’re Still Missing on Some Seattle Arterials

Disabled folks and other pedestrians rely on sidewalks to get where we need to go, yet a quarter of blocks in Seattle are missing sidewalks, including 1,800 blocks on arterial streets that lack a safe place to walk.
Amandeep walking on the sidewalk with their white cane

Amandeep: With Transit, The Things I Want to Do, I Can Do

Amandeep moved to Lynwood five years ago from India. Thanks to public transit, she now has the opportunity to go to school and start a career. Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976 could take that away.
Krystal is wheeling up to get on a bus lift.

Krystal: Transportation Provides Independence

Krystal relies on transit to get to the Lakewood Center. If Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976 passes, she could be stuck at home.


 

Clark points to giant posters of snow covered streets

Victory! Seattle City Council Passes Resolutions that Will Increase Access on Our Sidewalks and Intersections

On September 30, the Seattle City Council approved two resolutions to make our sidewalks and intersections safer and more accessible for disabled folks, and more usable for all pedestrians!
Anna speaks at 976 press conference

Program Director Anna Zivarts’ Statement On Washington’s Initiative 976

Nearly 13 percent of people in Washington State have mobility-limiting disabilities. Many of us don’t have driver’s licenses, or access to a car. It’s not just disabled folks who are transit dependent – it’s also our youth, our elders, immigrants and people who can’t afford cars. Transit for us isn’t a choice, it’s an absolutely … Continued
Jonah on a transit ride

Jonah: Without Transit, My Mom Would Have to Drive Me

Jonah lives in Spokane and relies on public transit. Hear why he thinks Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976 is such a bad deal for Washington.


 

Woman on street corner

Traffic Signals that Work for All Pedestrians!

Seattle City Council is considering a resolution to ask Seattle Department of Transportation to create a traffic signals policy that would prioritize pedestrians. Hear Carol explain why this matters, and how slower crossing speeds help pedestrians of all ages and abilities navigate intersections safely. 
Image of Dixin in their wheelchair. They are positioned on the highway.

Our Sidewalks Are an Access Nightmare – Let’s fix them, Seattle!

We are working with the Moving All Seattle Sustainably Coalition to pass the MASS Transportation Package, which includes legislation to improve maintenance and access of our sidewalks. For more stories about our sidewalks, read our report. We hav also created an advocacy video and collected stories on the importance of snow and ice clearing policies. … Continued
Several cars blocking the curb ramp at the other end of a crosswalk.

Don’t Block the Box

When drivers block the box, it makes the streets more dangerous for everyone.


 

Image of a busy street. A car is in the right lane and a bike is resting against a pole on the sidewalk. The following words appear in yellow font: Bike Share Parking: Do The Right Thing

Bike Share Parking: Do the Right Thing!

We teamed up with Seattle Department of Transportation to create a video showing the do’s and don’ts of good bike share parking. Check out Dorian and Jacob as they describe the difficulties of navigating sidewalks that are blocked by bike share bikes, and watch them provide helpful tips on the best places to park your … Continued
A woman with long black hair pushes her wheelchair towards a sign that says, "Sidewalk Closed", infornt of a construction site.

Construction Site Access: It’s Important for Everyone!

Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. And with more people comes more construction to support our expanding city. As we continue through the #SeattleSqueeze, public and private infrastructure projects continue to impact how we get around, especially those with disabilities. With many of these projects directly affecting our streets and … Continued
Conrad views an image of snow filled walkway beside a house.

Seattle’s Snow Planning Freezes Out People With Disabilities

As our city faces a more uncertain climate future it is important that we establish emergency response protocols that include disabled people and other vulnerable users.


 

two scooters parked on a sidewalk

Open Letter to Seattle Mayor Durkan on Scooter Share

By being thoughtful about how we use the entirety of our roadways, we can have a city that is more – not less – accessible for all of us, and at the same time work towards ensuring a climate future for our kids.
A snow covered Seattle Waterfront

Letter to Seattle City Council: Request to Investigate Impacts of Seattle’s Snow Removal Priorities

Dear Members of Seattle City Council: We are writing to request that the City Council investigate the City’s response to our most recent snow events, in particular how the city’s priorities around snow clearance impacted people with disabilities. While Seattle has designated emerald and gold routes for snow clearance from roadways and a real-time map … Continued
Taxi signage with wheelchair symbol

Our region needs more wheelchair accessible taxis

September 13, 2019   Dear Mayor Durkan,    Currently there are only fifty wheelchair accessible taxis (WAT) to serve our 2.2 million residents of King County.    WATs are an essential piece of our transportation network, but customers often have to wait more than an hour because of the lack of vehicles. People who do … Continued