St. Paul isn’t walkable in the winter

I can’t recommend any part of St. Paul as walkable in the winter. There are a lot of sidewalks that never get shoveled. The crust if ice has formed from last week’s snowstorms and will likely remain until the spring thaw.

There are business owners who clear some of the walk but not all of it.

For those who like to walk, or need to walk, I can recommend walking in the street or on snowy boulevards. It will be interesting to see if local hospitals can handle all of the broken hips as an aging population attempts to walk outside in St. Paul in the winter.

There ought to be a law . . . oh wait there is a law:

Saint Paul City Ordinance requires snow and ice to be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours; read Chapter 113and Chapter 114 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code for more information.

The city web site even has a “how-to” section for people who do not know how to properly remove the snow from the walk.

There is also a  printable door hanger to take with you on your next walk. Leave the door hanger as a reminder to neighbors to keep their sidewalks clear.

To report a sidewalk that’s a safety hazard and needs shoveling, contact the Department of Safety and Inspections at 651-266-8989. 

The city will have the snow removed and send the bill to the property owner.

It is important to remember that the snow removal ordinance applies to property owned by businesses, rental property, condominiums, and townhouses and the sidewalks in front of vacant houses.

Please be a good neighbor and keep your sidewalk safe and free of snow and ice. If your neighbor can not shovel and you can shovel their walk too.

Snowy street in St. Paul
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