Clear Snow and Ice from Sidewalks
Submitted by Todd Derr on Sat, 01/18/2014 - 16:16
1. Identify yourself:
I live in Squirrel Hill (near the top of the hill on S. Negley Ave) and do a lot of walking - to work, local businesses, bus stops, or just for recreation.
2. Define the Problem:
Too many residents do not accept their responsibility for clearing their sidewalks of snow and ice, which creates a hazardous situation for all pedestrians. This especially affects elderly residents, those who are unable to or choose not to drive, and transit users.
3. Select a category that best fits your Problem:
4. Propose a Solution:
Enforcing the existing ordinance (city code §419.03) would certainly help. If the ordinance is not currently being enforced due to cost, the fines should be increased in order to make it cost effective. An alternative would be for the city to clear sidewalks in violation of the ordinance, billing the cost of snow and ice removal (including administrative costs) to the property owner.
6. Perfect World:
Keeping sidewalks clear would decrease the incidence of "slip and fall" injuries, and encourage more people to walk around the city - both of which could be measured.