DULUTH, MN. (CBS 3 DULUTH) – During the winter months, it’s easy to let shoveling fall to the bottom of the to-do list, but for some, a clear sidewalk makes all the difference.
Residents and businesses are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear for all.
“It could be a wheelchair, it could be a bicycle, it could be a stroller,” said Kate Van Daele of the City of Duluth. “We really have an obligation to make sure everyone can get around.”
Last year, the City of Duluth implemented a snow removal policy.
Residents and businesses have 24 hours after the snow stops to clear their sidewalks or face fines.
Indeed, for residents with disabilities, an uncleared sidewalk is a big obstacle.
According to advocacy groups like the Minnesota Council on Disability, snowy sidewalks aren’t just an inconvenience; they can also be dangerous.
In some cases, people who cannot walk on sidewalks will move onto streets and increase their chances of being hit by a vehicle.
The groups remind businesses to ensure ramps are shoveled, pre-treated for ice and disabled parking areas are free of snow.
It’s not just the right thing to do; it’s the law.
“We’re just asking people to consider doing what’s best for them not only, which is a requirement, but also helping people get around,” Van Daele said.
If a resident or business you know is not following Duluth’s snow removal policy, you can find resources here.
The city said it is stepping up enforcement this year.
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