For too long, transportation policy has been written by and for drivers. For those of us who cannot drive or cannot afford to drive, this creates major barriers for us to access school, jobs, medical care, grocery stores, religious services and everywhere else we need to go in order to fully participate in our communities. This is despite the fact that a quarter of Washington state residents are nondrivers.

In November 2020, we launched the Disability Mobility Initiative at Disability Rights Washington and began interviewing nondrivers from every legislative district in Washington state. We documented those stories in our “Transportation Access for Everyone Story Map” to increase our visibility. Two years later, it includes interviews with more than 275 nondrivers about how we get around and the biggest barriers we face to participate fully in community life.

Program Updates

Nondriver Seminar

November 28, 2023rticipants. Participants will include disabled non-drivers and community advocates, while presenters will cover a wide range of transportation and land use topics. By the conclusion of the seminar, the cohort will co-author a list of policy priorities and research topics around land use, planning and transportation.

Seattle Sidewalks – New video series

November 16, 2023o highlight the importance of sidewalks for mobility, we're launching a new video series. Every week, for as long as we can keep it going, we'll be releasing new videos featuring Seattle residents talking about why sidewalk accessibility and connectivity matter to them.

Empower Movement WA

September 25, 2023Our mission is to champion equitable and inclusive solutions, fostering empowerment through advocacy and the sharing of personal narratives that highlight the importance of safe, and accessible streets, homes, and services for non-driving individuals with disabilities. Our members, who are experts in intersectional mobility issues, are committed to representing a wide range of communities.

Countdown to Week Without Driving 2023

September 21, 2023We are gearing up for this year’s Week Without Driving challenge, which will be held October 2-8, 2023. This is the third year of the #WeekWithoutDriving challenge in Washington State, and the first year that the challenge will take place in communities across the United States. 
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