Mayor Nutter has warned several times over the weekend that Philadelphians need to shovel their sidewalks or face fines, and in fact FOX 29 reported this morning that they are ticketing homeowners in South Philly in the vicinity of neighborhood schools. But orphan sidewalks on bridges, next to vacant land and even adjacent to parks will never get plowed.
There is only one way to resolve this issue. Make some noise! We strongly urge people who have to walk on the street because of this neglect to call 311 or use SeeClickFix.
Note: We have received reports that Fairmount Park has plowed the MLK and Kelly Drive Paths. SRDC usually clears the Schuylkill River Park path. We have received no reports on the Wissahickon bikeway (paved portion) or the Schuylkill River Trail's last mile (Port Royal Ave to the City Line) or the SRT in Montgomery County. We would greatly appreciate any reports and or photos.
We'll also see how the bike lanes are doing, look for photos in the Bicycles and Snow Flickr group later today. Oh yes expect the Ben Franklin Bridge walkway to be closed until the soaking rains wash it clean and the suns dries it like a raisin. Apparently the city doesn't ticket giant transportation agencies for not keeping sidewalks clear.