Here in Chicago we have already had our fair share of snow this winter season. There is more on the way, most likely, so let’s consider this important issue: keeping our sidewalks clear.
Snow and Ice Removal From Sidewalks
Just as a reminder to all Eastside residents, The Chicago Municipal Code 10-8-180 states, “every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant, or other person having charge of any building or lot of ground in the city abutting upon any public way or public place shall remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of such building or lot of ground.”
Removing snow and ice from sidewalks and driveways keeps pedestrian traffic safe, especially for children, the elderly, and mobility-challenged who depend on our city sidewalks everyday, regardless of the weather.
Ald. Reilly’s hope is that we are considerate of our Eastside neighbors this winter as residents as well as visitors pass through on our sidewalks. The safety of our entire community depends on your cooperation!
The Sidewalk Snow Clearance Campaign
Ald. Reilly is not the only one with the message to clear sidewalks for safety’s sake. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Council (MPAC) additionally urge businesses and residents to clear sidewalks of snow for safe pedestrian travel in our city.
A big thanks to everyone for doing a great job of complying with the municipal code. It definitely has to be a combined effort of all the residents to make the Sidewalk Snow Clearance Campaign a success this winter season.
Recognition by the Sidewalk Snow Clearance Campaign for those businesses and residents in the New Eastside who work to provide clean, passable sidewalks helps to encourage total neighborhood participation. Neighbors, as you walk around on nice, clean sidewalks, you can nominate businesses in our area for their jobs well done.
Community and businesses received door hangers from The Chicago Department of Transportation with The Chicago Municipal Code on them as a reminder (as our city indeed can get a lot of snow). Pitching in to give a helping hand to those who are physically not able to remove the snow and ice from their sidewalks is a neighbor-help-neighbor effort; the kind we Eastsiders like to do to keep our neighborhood spiffy and safe.
Besides ensuring that your sidewalk is clear, ask your neighbors to remove snow from their section of the sidewalk. If necessary, residents can call 311 to report addresses where sidewalks have not been cleared according to The Chicago Municipal Code 10-8-180.
Pitch in, do your part for a beautiful winter wonderland we can all enjoy here in the city of Chicago and on the New Eastside. Happy New Year!