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.

Read our letter to City Council on snow removal priorities. And the response we received from Seattle Department of Transportation’s ADA coordinator after we released this video.