Letter: City needs to focus on clearing sidewalks of snow

Editor:

Winter weather has returned and city crews are out and about, doing a good job on the streets for cars.

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The sidewalks? Not so much.

Wheelchair ramps are once again impassable because there is no follow-up crew to clear them for people using wheelchairs, scooters and walkers.

Every day, I see at least four people using power wheelchairs, two people with walkers, four people with canes and more than a dozen people in their 60s walking down Summit Drive, past Notre Dame Drive, to get to the grocery stores.

North of the underpass on Summit is virtually impassable every winter as it is shaded by the overpass, isn’t cleared properly and has no sand or ice-melt material put down.

It results in chunky ice and snow building up all winter.

The east side is somewhat better, but there is still no sand or ice-melt material applied.

The ramps are not cleared to cross any of the roadways and even the sidewalks get overwhelmed with chunks of snow and ice when the plows go by.

Hundreds of school kids also cross these streets. I can no longer get out of the back seat of taxis and cannot rely on my walker or scooter to get out and shop.

Due to inadequate ramp and sidewalk clearing, this small bit of everyday self-care and exercise is becoming impossible. When I risk driving my scooter on the road, I get honked at and receive an earful of abusive language to get off the road.

Bleh!

Douglas Morrison

Kamloops

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