The ability to comfortably walk and roll in our communities should not be seasonal.

Aerial shot of a person using a motorized plowing machine to clear snow on the sidewalk.

Snow or shine, everyone deserves accessible sidewalks.

We are asking the City of Minneapolis to fully fund a municipal sidewalk plowing program. Clear sidewalks year-round are worth the investment.

Accessible, safe, equitable sidewalks.

Snow and ice restrict mobility for people with walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, and strollers. If just one property neglects to clear its sidewalk, an entire block can become inaccessible. Unclear sidewalks disproportionately impact people of color, people with low income, and disabled people, all of whom are more likely to rely on walking, rolling, and transit for transportation.

Municipal Sidewalk Plowing: A Preventative vs. Punitive Solution

Every winter, snow and ice-covered sidewalks cause countless fall-related and traffic-related injuries, sometimes fatalities. When ice and snow compact on unclear sidewalks, pedestrians often resort to walking in the street to get where they need to go.

It is urgently necessary to reduce carbon emissions to reduce climate impact. Clear sidewalks year-round will make it easier to walk, roll, and take transit. Ice-covered transit stops and sidewalks shouldn’t be an obstacle to environmentally friendly transportation

Clear sidewalks are better for our businesses. A municipal sidewalk plowing program would ensure year-round accessibility to busy street corners, pedestrian ramps, bikeways, and transit stops, opening city destinations to more patrons.

It’s more than a matter of “just shoveling.”

It’s worth the investment.



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