As I walked to the metro this morning, I realized that I saw a lot of sidewalks in my area that still had the awful combination of snow and ice all over them. The first thing I thought is “why haven’t they shoveled”? But I felt better when I realized that Arlington would quickly come down on those who didn’t shovel…
… I shouldn’t have been that hasty. It turns out that Arlington, like many other counties and cities in the area, don’t require homeowners or businesses to shovel their sidewalks. So although the streets are clear, the pedestrians are out of luck.
I don’t know about you – but I think that’s just ridiculous. This isn’t a rural community with no sidewalks. Plenty of people in the DC metro area have been convinced to give up commuting by car and walk to a bus stop, metro station, or to work. So why don’t they require business and homeowners to clear their own sidewalks?
Here is a list of the rules I found by searching the web:
- Washington DC – Snow must be removed within 8 hours. DC has the most pedestrian friendly rules of all the areas.
- Alexandria City – requires that snow be removed within 24 hours of the end of a snowfall. Thanks Alexandria!
- Arlington County – encourages people to shovel, but does not require it by statute.
- Fairfax County - encourages people to shovel, but does not require it by statute.
- Montgomery County – Snow must be removed within 24 hours of the snow fall ending. Thanks Montgomery!
- Prince Georges – Snow and ice must be removed within 48 hours. (Just stay home that first day, I guess.)
What is your experience with snow and ice on sidewalks? Seen anyone fall down recently?