At Disability Rights Washington, access to transportation is consistently listed as a top concern for our constituents, which is why we launched the Disability Mobility Initiative and are surveying people across our state who can’t or don’t drive. So far, we’ve interviewed more than 100 people across Washington from every legislative district and documented those stories on our #MobilizeWA transportation storymap.
A quarter of our population doesn’t have a driver’s license, and we know that with the current economic crisis, there are even more people in our communities who can’t afford to own or drive a vehicle.
Who are we, and how do we get around? Disability Mobility Initiative wants to raise awareness about how people without access to cars navigate to essential services in our communities. We’ve interviewed people from every legislative district in our state who rely on transit, paratransit, walking, biking, rolling or community rides to get where we need to go.
Below is some of the news coverage we’ve received since launching the project in January.
Columbian: Increase Mass Transit Options
Tacoma News Tribune: Disabled Access
Wenatchee World: Transportation Funding, It’s About More than Cars
Tri-Cities Herald: Disabled Tri-Citians need better access to our community
Everett Herald: Comment: State transportation budget can’t leave anyone behind
Port Townsend Leader: Transportation Funding Needs to Consider People Who Don’t Drive
Mercer Island Reporter: Invest in Accessibility
Real Change News: Disabled People Need Washington to Invest in Sidewalks and Transit
Yakima Herald: Disabled People Need Our State to Invest in Transit
San Juan Islander: Making Transportation Accessible
Walla-Walla Union Bulletin: State Funding for Pedestrian Safety
StreetsBlogUSA: BIPOC and Disability Advocates Zero in on Highway Spending
Clark County Today: Disabled Clark County Residents Join Statewide Demand for More Sidewalks
South Seattle Emerald: Organizations Launch Campaign for Sidewalks and Transit Over Highways
Seattle Bike Blog: New Coalition Forms to Oppose Highway Spending Over Sidewalks and Transit
The Everett Herald: Where Does Everett Need Accessible Curb Ramps and Sidewalks