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ATAC Launches Sidewalk Snow and Ice Community Co-Operation CampaignStratford’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC), which works to promote active transportation and a more pedestrian-friendly community, has launched its annual Sidewalk Snow and Ice Community Co-operation Campaign.
With the arrival of winter weather and the accumulation of snow, navigating local sidewalks can be a challenge for some, particularly young children, or anyone with a walker, wheelchair, stroller or mobility issue.
Stratford currently provides sidewalk snow clearance, with plows specifically designed for sidewalks, to residents outside the downtown core. But there is often a gap between what the plows can reasonably achieve, and the bare pavement necessary for a truly passable sidewalk for all citizens.
ATAC’s campaign aims to bridge that gap, by encouraging residents to use a shovel to clear the remaining few centimetres of snow, where possible. It’s a request: if you can, please do. And if you have a neighbor who cannot, then please help.
There’s even an online tool available called Snow Angels (www.stratfordsnowangels.ca) to connect those in Stratford who need assistance with shovelling snow with those who are willing and able to do it.
Sidewalk Snow and Ice
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the by-law in Stratford? How is it different than other municipalities?
City By-Law # 225-2005 requires property owners in a designated area (downtown core) to maintain the sidewalks across their property. The municipality maintains the remainder of the sidewalks in the City. Municipalities like Guelph and London provide snow clearing in a similar manner to Stratford.
Other nearby municipalities, including Kitchener, Waterloo and Woodstock do not provide residential sidewalk snow clearing services. The property owner or occupant is responsible for ensuring their sidewalks are clear of snow and ice.
2. Are Stratford homeowners responsible for clearing the sidewalks along their property?
No. Only properties within the area outlined in Schedule ‘A’ in By-Law 225-2005 (the downtown core) are responsible for clearing the sidewalks across their frontage.
3. How many sidewalk plows does the city run and how many kilometres of sidewalk are cleared on an ongoing basis?
The City has 6 snowplows operating on 5 routes covering approximately 210 kilometres of sidewalk. Each route, or beat, is approximately 42 kilometres.
4. What is the procedure for clearance after a snowfall? Are some areas prioritized over others?
The City has a priority set of sidewalks within the 5 routes. These include sidewalks adjacent to major roads such as Ontario, Huron and Erie and as well as school zones and collector roads. These priority routes compromise approximately 20% of the beats they are in. These sections of sidewalk are cleared and treated before the residential area sidewalks in the same beat.
On weekends a priority sidewalk route will be plowed and treated as conditions warrant. This route includes walks adjacent to collector and arterial roads.
5. What are the pros and cons of the sidewalk plows?
If municipal forces are used to clear all sidewalks, the plows are the only method that would see the work completed, with 5 to 6 staff being tasked with the work.
Walk plows ensure that all sidewalks are plowed and treated.
Sidewalk plows spread sand and salt
Walks are cleared quickly, usually within 1.5 days when plow blades are used. When snow is heavy, blowers are used and can clear the majority of walks in 4 days if conditions allow (no additional snow).
They are a safe method for municipal workers to clear snow
If residents are not home or not able, walks will be cleared
They will not remove all snow and ice from the sidewalks as hand shovelling and scraping will do.
The existing number of units and staff will not clear all sidewalks in a day, which is a level of service that would see walks cleared and passable for all pedestrians and scooters etc. that use them.
On weekends all sidewalks are not cleared.
6. Why can’t the sidewalk plows get to bare pavement?
Unlike roads, concrete sidewalks are prone to more movement with frost penetration and with tree roots in nearby boulevards. This environment creates heaving in the panels and a less level surface than roads. As well, sidewalks do not have drainage adjacent to them as roads do.
The uneven surface can be plowed, yet water and snow will remain behind the plows. Through the course of the winter a build-up of ice and snow will form on sidewalks and bare concrete will not be seen. Although the buildup remains, these sections are treated with salt and sand.
In the City’s core, hand shovels and salt are used to treat and scrape the heavily used corners that the public walks on. Bare concrete is achieved with these frequent visits and hand work. Motorized plow blades and blowers cannot achieve this level of scraping and cleaning.
7. If I have to walk on the road, what’s the safest way?
Pedestrians, or those using a wheelchair or medical scooter, are encouraged to use the left shoulder of the roadway, facing oncoming traffic, and then return to a sidewalk as soon as possible.
8. Who do I contact if I have a question or concern with the state of the sidewalks in my neighbourhood?
Contact the Public Works Department: 519-271-0250 extension 259
Snow Clearing Safety Tips
Snow shovelling can be hard work, so it is important to keep safety in mind for those who will be doing the good deed. Safe snow shoveling requires proper preparation, the right tools, good technique and knowledge. Listed below are safety tips for residents to consider when snow shovelling:
Talk to your doctor about this activity and your health status before winter comes
Warm up first and start slow and continue at a slow pace – take breaks often
New snow is lighter than heavily packed or partially melted snow – shovel early and often
Stop shovelling and call 911 if you are feeling discomfort or heaviness in the chest, arms or neck
For more information on winter walking, visit canadasafetycouncil.org/safety-tips-for-winter-walking/
For more information about Stratford’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee, visit www.stratfordcanada.ca/en/insidecityhall/ATA-committee.asp ... See MoreSee Less