I have lived in Lakewood for over 20 years, and after every snowfall, whether 3 inches or 18 inches, I clear the sidewalks in front of my home. I feel it is basic human decency to provide
a safe area for pedestrians to walk, especially young children walking to and from bus stops.
It seems that few, if any, others in town share my views. My children have expressed how dangerous it is after a severe snowfall, when they are dropped off by their bus at night, when it is dark and icy and the only place to walk is on a road severely narrowed by snow on all sides. Does anyone care to think of what would happen ch’v if a car loses traction and skids?!
As I looked out the window this morning I watched a large group of boys at a corner. They stood as close to the sidewalk as possible, which was many feet into the street, with a large mountain of snow behind them.
I just dropped off my son at playgroup and observed a woman walking down the street with a line of cars behind her (I kid you not). There was no other place for her to walk but IN the street and the street was just not wide enough for a lane for pedestrians and the two lanes of oncoming traffic.
Dear homeowners, I know it takes a lot of work and effort (I have years of personal experiences!) but PLEASE think of others and shovel your sidewalks. It’s really not ok to force pedestrians to have to walk in middle of the street because it’s too hard for you to do so.
PS- I grew up in a town where a homeowner was immediately ticketed if their walkways were not cleared. As you can imagine, every sidewalk in town was immediately shoveled. I find that a sad commentary on society; it seems like without government enforcement we will not do what is right on our own.
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