Seattle’s Snow Planning Freezes Out 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.

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.

In addition to Conrad’s story, we’ve collected testimony from more than 50 King County residents about our experiences in the 2019 snow emergency. You can read those stories here, and please share your own experience below.

We are working to educate the City of Seattle, City Council, King County Metro, King County Council and Sound Transit about how our region’s snow emergency response can be improved to take into consideration the access needs of disabled residents.

Read our letter to Seattle City Council on snow removal priorities. And the response we received from Seattle Department of Transportation’s ADA coordinator. If you’d like more information or want to work with us, please email us at [email protected]

 

Share your snow emergency story:

  • Did you experience challenges to how you normally would navigate the city? Describe.
  • Would you be comfortable with Rooted in Rights sharing this response with the city of Seattle?
    The City of Seattle is holding a discussion around snow preparedness at the Pedestrian Access Advisory Committee meeting at the Seattle Municipal Tower, July 22, 2019 at 10am. You are also invited to attend to share your story in person.