Disability Mobility Initiative - Washington State
Disability Rights Washington in launching a new initiative to organize Washingtonians who don't have reliable access to cars or driver's licenses. We want to hear from you about what changes you need to make getting where you need to go in your community more safe, more equitable and more accessible.
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What community do you live in? Or, what is you Zip Code?
How do you most often travel/access services in your community?
Do you have a disability that limits your ability to travel/get to where you need to go in your community? If so, can you say more about how it impacts you?
What are the biggest barriers getting where you need to go?
How has the way you travel changed since the pandemic began?
What do you wish would change/improve related to your ability to get where you need to go in your community?
We have identified three potential areas of focus for our advocacy. This is the first area:
#1. Increase revenue for transportation options that serve those who most rely on public transit.
- Support legislation for sustainable, progressive funding for transit and walking/rolling infrastructure in the state legislature.
- Push transit agencies to take pro-equity actions that prioritize BIPOC, immigrant, disabled and transit-reliant populations when deciding how to allocate resources.
Are there parts of #1 that interest you or speak to your transportation needs? If so, please explain:
This is the second area of focus:
#2. Reduce policing of pedestrians and transit users.
- Work with allies to decriminalize “jaywalking,” being a pedestrian in the roadway, and other behaviors related to transportation access and remove police from traffic enforcement.
- Work to reform fare enforcement and to create alternatives to fines and/or progressive fine structures.
- Long term, advocate for fare-free transit to eliminate enforcement disparities and the criminalization of poverty.
Are there parts of #2 that interest you or speak to your transportation needs? If so, please explain:
This is the third area of focus.
#3. Advocate for every community to have accessible sidewalks, crosswalks, and transit stops.
- Demand construction of sidewalks and curb ramps, installation of accessible pedestrian signals and appropriate signal timing for safe crossing, and the public maintenance of sidewalks and paths to repair cracks and remove debris and snow/ice.
- Push for funding and installation of bus shelters, benches, trash cans and lighting, prioritizing areas with low transit frequency.
Are there parts of #3 that interest you or speak to your transportation needs? If so, please explain:
We are also considering the following issues areas for future work.
1. Eliminate Driver’s License requirements in job postings for positions that don’t require driving in both public and private employers.
2. New Mobility That Works for Disabled, BIPOC, Low Income and Immigrant Communities. Ensure on-demand transportation options such as ride hailing (Uber/Lyft), Via to Transit and taxis are accessible and inclusive for disabled and low-income riders and caregivers, provide equivalent levels of service for all users, and do not exploit subminimum wage immigrant and BIPOC labor. Ensure delivery robots and micromobility create benefits and new access points instead of additional burdens for and policing of disabled, BIPOC, low-income and immigrant Washingtonians.
3. Fight for communities where everyone can afford to live and access essential services. Ensure that investments in expanded public transit access don’t create harms in existing communities. Push for essential services (low-income housing, groceries, childcare, healthcare facilities) in every community.
Please let us know if any of these interest you, or if there are additional areas of advocacy we should consider.
What is your race/ethnicity? And what are other identities or communities you belong to? (Such as LGBTQA, immigrant, veteran, formerly incarcerated, school, religious, community or labor organization?)
What is your phone number? We will use this to contact you via text or phone call if we have follow up questions about your responses or ways for you to engage with us on advocacy campaigns to address the issues you identify.
What is your email? We will use this to contact you if we have questions about your responses or ways for you to engage with us on advocacy campaigns to address the issues you identify.
We would like to record half-hour video or phone interviews with Washingtonians who lack access to cars/driving. We are offering a $50 stipend for your time. Please provide your phone number or email if you would like us to contact you about this opportunity.
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