Clear and safe sidewalks are essential for many Calgarians, especially those with disabilities, older adults, and children who walk to and from school. Under the Street Bylaw 20M88, the owner(s) and/or occupant(s) of a private property are required to clear snow and ice from sidewalks in the front or to the side of their property within 24 hours of a snowfall. If the sidewalk is not cleared within that time, The City may have the snow and ice removed from the sidewalk at the property owner’s expense. If you own a rental property, you are responsible for ensuring that adjacent sidewalks and pathways are cleared.
Keeping sidewalks shoveled, ice-free and safe can be very challenging for older adults and other Calgarians who have limited mobility. The Snow Angels campaign encourages citizens to clear snow and ice from the sidewalks of their neighbours who may be less able to do it themselves. Watch for people in your neighbourhood who could use help removing snow and ice and lend them a hand. For more information please visit www.calgary.ca/snowangels.
Tips for Shoveling Snow and Ice
- Stretch before you begin to shovel;
- Keep warm and wear layered clothing;
- Use an ergonomic shaped snow shovel to help reduce back pain and make shoveling easier;
- Space your hands on the shovel to increase leverage;
- Lift with your knees, not your back;
- Clearing snow soon after it falls can prevent snow and ice from building up on your sidewalk;
- After removing the snow, you can apply road salt/de-icer wherever necessary. This makes it easier for pedestrians to walk past your house;