Vision

We believe everyone should be able to move in our communities, without fear of harassment or police violence. We need essential services located in every community, safe ways to roll or walk everywhere, and reliable, free and accessible public transportation.

How We Organize

We are a coalition of people who lack access to cars from communities throughout Washington State. We believe in a model of change that begins with sharing our stories with each other, and documenting these stories through photo, video and on social media. Our organizing and our stories will begin to shift the narrative that only drivers in Washington State have mobility needs worth prioritizing.

Join Us!

From left to right: Photo of a person riding a bike through a neighborhood. Photo of a person using a wheelcair on a sidewalk with trees in the background. Photo of a person using a cane while walking on a sidewalk. Photo of a person using a wheelchair boarding a Pierce County Transit bus.

Why Us? Why Now?

Our country has been designed around the automobile as transportation, and 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 participate fully in our communities. 

We know that Black, Indigenous and people of color (“BIPOC”), immigrants, poor people, elderly and disabled people are much less likely to have a driver license or access to cars, we are more likely to be transit reliant and more likely to walk or roll for transportation

At the same time, BIPOC, disabled and elderly people, and people living in rural areas and on tribal lands face greater risks of being killed in traffic collisions because our communities lack accessible pedestrian and transit infrastructure. This is compounded by the suburbanization of poverty. People of color, immigrants and low-income disabled people are much more likely to live in areas with higher speed roads, fewer sidewalks, streetlights, or crosswalks and less frequent and reliable transit routes. 

Even where reliable transit and safe pedestrian infrastructure exist, Black, brown and disabled people are forced into encounters with the criminal justice system through discriminatory enforcement of jaywalking and loitering statutes, and through fare enforcement on public transit. This enforcement can escalate into violent and deadly conflicts. And compounding fines, court fees and mandatory court appearances disproportionately harm poor members of our communities. 

 

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Program Updates

#MobilizeWA Storymap Earns Statewide Coverage

April 9, 2021Since launching in January, the #MobilizeWA Storymap project has earned media coverage across the state. Disability Mobility Initiative wants to raise awareness about how people without access to cars navigate to essential services in our communities. So far, we’ve interviewed more than 100 people across Washington from every legislative district and documented those stories on our #MobilizeWA transportation storymap.

Pierce County Annex Begins Building Last Piece of Missing Sidewalk

October 8, 2020The Disability Mobility Initiative is celebrating as the City of Tacoma and Pierce County have begun construction on the last piece of missing sidewalk to the Pierce County Annex - Pierce County’s accessible voting center.
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