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Reminder: Please keep sidewalks clear

Jan. 4, 2018

As winter tightens its grip, AIM Independent Living Center would like to offer a friendly reminder of how important it is to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

AIM serves many people in Corning, Elmira and the surrounding areas who use wheelchairs or have limited mobility, as well as people who are blind or have limited vision.

Snow- and ice-covered sidewalks can make the task of navigating around the city in the winter extremely challenging for people with disabilities, especially those who use canes, walkers, rollators or wheelchairs.

If sidewalks and other areas aren’t cleared in a timely fashion after a storm, people with disabilities can essentially be trapped in their own homes, unable to get to work or doctor’s appointments or to visit family and friends.

Messy sidewalks are also a safety concern, as slips and falls can lead to serious injuries, particularly among the elderly.

Local ordinances vary depending on the municipality, but in many cases, snow removal on the sidewalk in front of a home or business is the responsibility of the property owner or tenant.

Regardless, taking the time to shovel and sand the sidewalks in front of your home when there’s been wintry weather is common courtesy.

Please don’t forget to clear the curb ramps at nearby crosswalks, which sometimes include tactile paving, those brightly colored squares with raised bumps that alert people who are blind or have low vision of a street crossing.

And if you have a neighbor who isn’t able to shovel their own sidewalk or driveway, please consider lending a hand if you can.