Snow is no joke for the disabled who often have to navigate icy sidewalks and piles of snow on wheels.
"We don't have the option to climb over snowbanks or hop into the street to get around something impassable," explains Laura Brelsford, Chair of the volunteer board of Cambridge's Commission of People with Disabilities. "So we really need clear sidewalks -- that's three feet wide so we can turn our wheelchairs around, and clear ramps so we can cross."
To the disabled community, Michael Muehe, Executive Director of the Cambridge Commission of People with Disabilities says, "Become more empowered! Report unshoveled sidewalks to the city website at www.cambridgema.gov/snow."
This year Cambridge is letting loose thirty-three Parking Enforcement Officers to prowl the streets and sidewalks checking for proper snow clearances. And they WILL ticket you -- $50 per day!
You have 12 hours to clear your sidewalks after the snow ends if it ends during the daytime. If it ends while it's still dark out, you have till 1PM the following day, and you have six hours to clear away ice.
Click the video link above for a short (3 1/2 mins) video with Laura and Michael and how they negotiate snow on their wheels.