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Roughly every three days, one person biking or walking is killed by someone driving a car in the Chicago region.

Let's keep Chicago’s sidewalks clear of snow

A new grassroots initiative, City of Big Shovels, focuses on safe and productive snow shoveling for all Chicago residents and neighborhoods. City of Big Shovels provides Chicagoans with helpful resources, legal information regarding snow removal, as well as a chance for readers to submit their own photos.


Image courtesy of City of Big Shovels.

City of Big Shovel’s slogan, “every sidewalk clear,” reminds Chicagoans that residential sidewalks, and those surrounding private businesses, are required by law to be shoveled in a timely manner.

Winter’s treacherous weather poses difficulties for all pedestrians, but snowy sidewalks are a particular hazard for the elderly and people with disabilities. To help those in need, the City of Chicago just launched Snow Corps, a program that connects volunteers with Chicagoans who require snow removal help.

For more information regarding City of Big Shovels and snow shoveling in 2012, check out our recent Modeshift article.

Also, check out Tribune columnist Mary Schmich's article about City of Big Shovels and its founder, Ben Helphand (who also happens to be a member of the Active Trans Board of Directors.) 

Lastly, keep in mind the hazards that snow shoveling can pose – check out City of Big Shovel’s smart shoveling tips.