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 of roads that have been cleared, there is no parallel plan for sidewalk, curb ramp, or transit stop snow removal. This leaves those of us who can’t drive or those of us who rely on accessible sidewalks, intersections, and transit stops without any mobility options.
While major snow events in Seattle don’t occur every day, 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. An inclusive emergency preparedness plan must be a priority as our city strives to become more resilient.
We request that the City Council convene a hearing to evaluate the City’s snow response, and invite representatives from SDOT, Sound Transit, and King County Metro, as well as disabled residents to discuss Seattle’s priorities for snow removal.
Rooted in Rights/Disability Rights Washington
Washington Civil & Disability Advocate
Seattle 500 Women Scientists
Transit Riders Union
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
NFB Of Washington, Greater Seattle Chapter
350 Seattle Transportation Team
Pedestrian Advisory Board
Cc. Bicycle Advisory Board, Transit Advisory Board, Citizens Accessibility Advisory Committee Sound Transit, Pedestrian Access Advisory Committee, Seattle Commission for People with DisAbilities.