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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Councilors are pressing for better snow removal on frequently used sidewalks

Councilors are pressing for better snow removal on heavily used sidewalks

Key Takeaways:

  • Some Winnipeg municipal councilors have asked for better snow clearance on sidewalks following the city’s record snowfall this winter.
  • Cindy Gilroy and Sherri Rollins, members of the City Council, want some of the city’s busiest residential walks to be given higher priority for snow removal.

Several Winnipeg municipal councilors are asking for better snow clearance on sidewalks following the city’s record snowfall this winter.

Jackie Roy, a West Broadway resident, said it is easier today, but she found it tough to negotiate the sidewalks with her walker during the severe winter.

“Sidewalks were not swept, so there would be trampled foot traffic, and my walker wouldn’t fit,” Roy explained.

Roy added that they were so clogged that she had no choice except to walk on the street.

She described it as hazardous and frightening.

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“When you can’t rely on sidewalks, you have to put your life in God’s hands.”

Council members like Cindy Gilroy and Sherri Rollins want some of the city’s busiest residential walkways given higher priority for snow removal.

“We had seniors calling us who were very stuck,” Gilroy said. “There were folks who couldn’t get to the bus stop.”

Currently, the city prioritizes clearing sidewalks and streets, with most residential areas at the bottom of the list. As a result, Gilroy and Rollins have proposed that the city improve and speed up service on residential walkways connected to high-frequency transport routes. 

Gilroy stated that just the sidewalk would be bumped up in line, not the adjacent street, to assist pedestrians in catching their bus, walking to the grocery shop, and getting to work.

“We clear our highways considerably better than our sidewalks, so it’s not on the same level,” Gilroy explained. “I think we need to evaluate the sidewalk clearing.”

Councilors are pressing for better snow removal on heavily used sidewalks
Councilors are pressing for better snow removal on heavily used sidewalks. Image from CBC News

The city is currently revising its snow and ice removal policies.

Some argue it was an unusually cold winter, but it could be due to Mother Nature, not the city’s policies.

“This is one of the stormiest winters I can recall,” said Jim Skinner, a cyclist.

It’s unknown how much such a modification would cost.

Roy stated that she would be willing to pay extra as a taxpayer.

“Because individuals like me will be putting their lives in danger because we have to walk on the street,” she explained.

In addition, the councilors’ motion calls for city staff to conduct more sidewalk snow removal than private companies.

Source: CTV News

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