Posted by: gravessack | June 3, 2018

Remember To Shovel Sidewalks/Curb Cuts!

An unshoveled curb cutMost days when I go to work, I take the city bus. This time of year, when there is no snow on the ground, I usually have no problem getting to and from the bus stops. When there is snow on the ground (a common problem in Minnesota!), though, snow presents a big challenge for wheelchairs, whether it is getting to and from the bus stop or getting on and off the bus.

One of the main problems for me and probably others is that there can be so much snow on the curb cut by the bus stop that I sometimes end up having to drive with my PCA to work, just because I can’t get up on to the sidewalk.

This can be a major problem not just for me, but for all people who use wheelchairs. I understand this could still be a problem even if sidewalks and curb cuts are shoveled, but shoveling is an important first step.

Here is an article from the Minnesota Council on Disability about the importance of shoveling sidewalks/curb cuts. Doing so will benefit everyone, not just those with disabilities, by making it safer to walk in the snow. Please share your opinion in the poll below on whether unshoveled sidewalks/curb cuts make it hard for you to get around during the winter. If you think of a possible solution, such as stricter enforcement of shoveling laws, please share that in the comments below. Even though shoveling sidewalks/curb cuts may mean a little more work in the short term, it will save a lot of time and energy in the long run!

 

Written by: Sam Graves

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Responses

  1. I hope the people of Mpls. read this Sam. I know it is a huge problem for you and so easily solved if people would just shovel those curb cuts. Seems simple. Well written.


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