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Clearing snow from sidewalks

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Because society runs on vehicles. Delivery, Emergency services, public transportation, snow removal equipment.
Not because, as you state, drivers are rich and elite.
Only the peasants walk on snow covered sidewalks (if any) up hill in the snow, both ways?

What snow windrows feel like for the walking challenged...

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From link.
 

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Before the 1920's, before the automobile, the city did not plow the streets. The street railways (Toronto Railway Company, AKA TRC) did the only plowing, plowing their streetcar tracks. People did get through using their horses (IE. horse drawn sleighs), snowshoes, or following in the steps of others (IE. Good King Wenceslas,,,). The rich discovered that they could use their playthings (the automobile) by following in the plowed track of the streetcars. They then demanded that the city plow the rest of the streets (IE. residential) so that their playthings could go through. The city obliged for the rich and their plaything (the automobile) but not the sidewalks (until recently, allegedly). Yes, plowing is needed for emergency vehicles, but it is order for plowing that needs to have their priorities rearranged.
 

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Wonder how many pedestrians are walking on the streets because of uncleared sidewalks AND breaking the laws of Ontario...

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According to section 179, subsection 1 of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act: “Where sidewalks are not provided on a highway, a pedestrian walking along the highway shall walk on the left side thereof facing oncoming traffic and, when walking along the roadway, shall walk as close to the left edge thereof as possible.”
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This Report may make interesting reading and will be worth watching for, and maybe commenting on.

EX29.15
ACTION​
Adopted​
Ward: All​
Major Snow Event Post-Operational Report
Committee Decision
The Executive Committee:

1. Directed the General Manager, Transportation Services to present to the March 29, 2022 meeting of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee a post-operational report on the January 2022 major snow event.​
 

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This Report may make interesting reading and will be worth watching for, and maybe commenting on.

EX29.15
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Adopted​
Ward: All​
Major Snow Event Post-Operational Report

Committee Decision
The Executive Committee:

1. Directed the General Manager, Transportation Services to present to the March 29, 2022 meeting of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee a post-operational report on the January 2022 major snow event.​
March 29th seems right. Spring starts on Sunday, March 20th.
 

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The City's latest press release on snow clearing notes:

"While snow removal operations on sidewalks and bike lanes have been continuing successfully in tandem with arterial and local roads, the City has been intensifying its snow removal operations on sidewalks as much as possible.

The sidewalks have been adversely impacted by the sheer amounts of snow and cold weather, often leaving ice blocks that take time to clear. In many cases, traditional sidewalk plowing becomes less effective requiring crews to perform multiple rounds of plowing, use snow blower attachments or engage in snow removal by hand.

Transportation Services has been moving contractors and staff around the city to assist in addressing sidewalk issues in hot spot areas. More than 40 staff have been redeployed within Transportation Services to perform site checks on sidewalks. The City is continuing to do everything it can to complete this work as quickly as possible."


Of course, if they had sent out sidewalk plows earlier then the huge ice blocks would not have formed but they DO seem to be trying!
 

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March 29th seems right. Spring starts on Sunday, March 20th.
Meteorological Spring starts March 1st, which makes sense since March is statistically the 4th coldest month behind January, February and December. It's stupid that we still use definitions imposed by the Catholic church.
 

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