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Sidewalks and bus stops completely not cleared along edge of park.
Unacceptable. This is a city owned property by the way so the problem has nothing to do with property owners.
Pedestrians may die because of this oversight.
Sorry Ct Livable Streets Campaign, but the law says that clearing the sidewalk of snow, ice, and debris is the responsibility of the property owner, and must be done within 24 hours of a storm or the owner faces citations and fines. Here is a direct quote from the mayor's office, which can be found on the City of New Haven Website:
"In anticipation of more snow this season, I want to remind property owners that shoveling sidewalks isn't only the right thing to do, it's the law. Property owners are responsible for removing snow, sleet, and ice from their sidewalks and handicap ramps within 24 hours after a storm ends. Failure to comply can result in fines. Please make sure your sidewalks are safe and clear for everyone, including those in wheelchairs."
You may not like it, but it is the law. If you don;t believe me, look it up for yourself.
Ayup, while you are absolutely correct about private property owners' responsibilties, the section of Whalley CT Livable Streets Campaign is referring to in this post is alongside Edgewood Park, which is City property - so their responsibility in this case.
I agree that the CIty is generally MUCH more focused on clearing streets rather than sidewalks and other pedestrian and transit areas. Should Whalley Avenue having three lanes of traffic east-bound on this section of Whalley take precedence over a transit rider's ability to safely and easily access the bus stop? That is the real issue here, and where a shift in thinking and prioritization needs to take place. It's not a matter of either/or, car vs. ped, rather a more balanced "both/and" scenario.
I agree that ticketing should be heavy. It's been days. And clearing key sidewalks and bus routes, like those on Whalley, need to be an absolute #1 priority.
Was just on Whalley Avenue, where I saw several families walking in the middle of the street - several of them were walking with or carrying young children and babies. Bus stops were completely blocked.
I also stopped at City Hall. There is not a speck of snow on the street in front of the building or in the adjacent parking spots along Church.
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