Saturday, January 29, 2011

How is your town handling the needs of pedestrians in all this snow?

So despite being hammered with snow this winter and facing a difficult budget, my hometown of North Brunswick has been paying special attention to the needs of pedestrians this year for the first time.  Bravo!

By the typical nature of plow operations, snow gets piled up extra high at corners right where pedestrians need to cross.  For many, many years huge piles of snow were left on these street corners without any concern as to how pedestrians were to navigate the area.  Local residents, whose responsibility it would be to clear the sidewalk, just couldn't handle clearing a path for peds when heavy dense snow was piled anywhere from 6 to 12 feet high.

However this year, North Brunswick's DPW has been going out and clearing pathways through the massive corner piles with a NEW special piece of equipment.  They are doing so a day or two after the streets have been properly cleared of snow.  It does seem that they are concentrating their efforts in neighborhoods like mine which are in walking distance to schools, which would make sense and is a wise use of limited resources.

The new snow blower to the rescue after last weeks storm.  They've been back since to clear the spoils from the latest storm.
Good old- fashioned shovels work well too.
How are things going along in your town?  Are pedestrians and cyclists left to fend for themselves or are sidewalks and multi-use trails that are popular commuting routes being cleared?  Let us know!

1 comment:

Silvia said...

In Plainsboro, cyclists who commute are pushing to get bike paths cleared along a busy road.

And from the Princeton Packet:
Diane Ciccone, West Windsor Township Council vice president, said at the council’s Jan. 18 meeting that police will be enforcing the ordinances.

”If anyone sees a sidewalk that hasn’t been shoveled or salted yet, they can call the police and they will make a visit to that house,” she said. “I don’t think people realize how many use the sidewalks, especially the kids waiting for the bus stops.”