Snow falling in Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Snow falling in Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge. (Neil Corbett/The News)

IN OUR VIEW: Get a snow shovel, please

And consider how hard it may be for others to get around

We like to joke about how inept coastal British Columbians are when it comes to dealing with a few inches of snow, but for some folks our ineptitude isn’t that funny.

We’re not even talking about whatever happened with the Lower Mainland’s major bridges last week, leaving people stuck in perpetual commute mode.

No, it’s a much smaller and more local issue that we need to deal with. We need to get a lot better at removing snow and ice from sidewalks, crosswalks, and parking lots.

If you’ve travelled more than a block or two on foot in the last few days, you know the terrain on our sidewalks is highly variable.

Some have been scraped clean and thoroughly de-iced.

Others have a sad, narrow corridor that is more-or-less snow-free, one shovel’s-width wide.

And then there are those areas outside shops and homes where the owner or landlord simply hasn’t bothered at all, and the snow has compacted into slippery, treacherous ice.

This can be scary to navigate. Think about those who use wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and mobility scooters. Parents with little ones in strollers have to struggle with the mess, and the able bodied can still go for a nasty spill.

Just about every city has bylaws mandating some level of clearing. It would be nice to see some more enforcement of those, or at least a forceful reminder campaign. That would go a long way to making the next big snowfall easier on all of us, especially the vulnerable.

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