February 9, 2019 at 7:54 pm #940984
Hip hip hooray for all the west Seattle shovelers…we are small minority. Double cheers for those who clear neighbor’s walks and keep an eye out for elderly or disabled who cannot do it. Want to join our minority? Borrow a shovel from a neighbor…if you have an older neighbor, they probably have a shovel to loan if you do the courtesy of shoveling for them too. BTW, it is the law. Seattle municipal code sec. 15.48.010. This will be going on for awhile, so consider it your workout.February 10, 2019 at 8:28 am #941013
I need a shoveler and I can/will pay. activistkmw AT hotmail DOT comFebruary 10, 2019 at 10:06 am #941014
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Seconding webshaf’s kudos! Carriers have been out every day last week delivering, often times on unfamiliar routes. For safety’s sake, shovel your sidewalk. It’s part of being a homeowner/property manager. Thank you!February 10, 2019 at 5:17 pm #941023
Growing up in Michigan, everybody shoveled. I’ve done one full and one partial shovel so far in the last few days, despite being over 65 and with bad knees and back. It is the law, as webshaf pointed out. The one caution I would make is that the shoveled areas are often more dangerous than the unshoveled spots, especially where the grade is steep. Walking in soft, uncompacted snow is probably safer, as the bare and/or compacted areas quickly ice over. Don’t mean to sound condescending, but there do seem to be a lot of people around here with little or no snow or ice experience. A broken tailbone is no fun!
21019February 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm #941090
There is always the debate on whether to walk on the shoveled area(ice danger) or the shoveled area. If the sidewalk is shoveled, walkers have the choice to walk where they feel safest, right? (I am pro-choice!). As many shovelers have noticed, it is easier to shovel before walkers go through, and the afternoon weather often does a great job of getting it down to bare sidewalk. There are now lots of sidewalks with uneven icy terrain because no one took care of them from the first day. I hope those of us who have to get to bus/main road for rides to work can do so safely. Allow extra time to navigate the sidewalks and if you get there late, at least you got there!
And let’s get those steps cleared of ice and snow for safe mail delivery! Kids out of school can be making a couple of bucks around the neighborhood…or just doing good deeds(with neighbor’s blessing and parental permission)February 11, 2019 at 12:45 pm #941171February 13, 2019 at 12:50 pm #941422
An extra shout-out to the residents of Raymond west of California – nearly 99% shoveled as of this morning – THANK YOU for making my commute so much more manageable.
Next season (or next storm, whichever comes first), maybe we need to instigate a Clean Block Challenge of some kind (could be helpful for leaves in the fall too).February 13, 2019 at 2:01 pm #941424
i love that idea.. walked around my block with the pup this morning and only about half was shoveled at allFebruary 14, 2019 at 8:01 pm #941570
I like the idea of the clean block challenge. How about ‘awarding’ honorary golden shovel awards to neighborhoods with sidewalks cleared within 24 hours of snowfall…and platinum shovel awards to those individuals who clear their neighbor’s…and double platinum shovel awards to those who do their whole side of the block?! Everyone could be a winner!
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