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Ready to shovel? Ready to be a good neighbor?

Active Trans fliers ask Chicagoland residents to keep snow shovels ready

Good shovelers make good neighbors. That’s the idea behind the campaign launched recently by the Active Trans.

“We’re asking that you do the neighborly thing and keep your sidewalk clear,” said Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “Snow- and ice-covered sidewalks force people into the street and discourage them from walking.”

We offer downloadable fliers that make a friendly request for better snow removal practices, as well as fliers saying “thanks” for a job well done. Learn more at www.activetrans.org/shovel.

Both fliers are available in English and Spanish.

The campaign encourages Chicagoland residents to:

• Print out fliers that ask their neighbors to keep sidewalks clear from snow and thank them for doing a good job.
• Learn about their local snow removal ordinance.
• Find out how to bring a snow removal law to their community.

Burke said snow- and ice-covered sidewalks can be a major impediment for anyone, but especially for seniors, people with disabilities and children who rely on clear sidewalks for essential trips in their communities.

Chicago residents may call 311 to report sidewalks where snow and ice present barriers to getting around.

The Chicago Department of Transportation is rewarding businesses that clear their sidewalks. Residents can nominate local businesses and organizations that do an exceptional job of removing snow. 

Get your shovels ready (be sure to stretch out and check with your doctor if you have any health issues)!