A map of Washington state with logos spread across it of a dozen local news organizations.
A map of Washington State overlaid with logos of local news organizations.

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. 

Op-Eds

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

Kitsap Sun: Disabled People Need State to Invest In Accessibility

Everett Herald: Comment: State transportation budget can’t leave anyone behind

Port Townsend Leader: Transportation Funding Needs to Consider People Who Don’t Drive 

Seattle Times: As We Aim for Less Reliance on Cars, Learn from Those Who Don’t Drive 

The Olympian: Invest in Sidewalks so People with Disabilities Can Get Where They Need to Go

Mercer Island Reporter: Invest in Accessibility

Real Change News: Disabled People Need Washington to Invest in Sidewalks and Transit 

Urbanist: How a Mass Transit Snot Became a Believer 

Tacoma News Tribune: Getting stuck in my wheelchair isn’t safe or fun. Quit neglecting Washington sidewalks

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

Urbanist: Why We Can’t Support a Transportation Package that Leaves Us Behind

News Articles

KUOW: State In Danger of Breaking Its Own Climate Laws Inslee Says

Publicola: Transit Advocates Push for Bigger Multimodal Investments From State 

StreetsBlogUSA: BIPOC and Disability Advocates Zero in on Highway Spending

Spokesman Review: The World Is Made for People Who Drive. But It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way.  

Clark County Today: Disabled Clark County Residents Join Statewide Demand for More Sidewalks

Columbian: Vancouver Residents Join Campaign for Better Transit

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 

KUOW: Disability Advocates Call for Accessibility as WA Plans for Transportation Package

Planetizen: To Reduce Emissions, Listen to Those Who Don’t Drive