VIDEO: 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. An inclusive emergency preparedness plan must be a priority as our city strives to become more resilient.