Winnipeggers tripped up by sidewalks covered with ice, snow
Sidewalks covered in snow and ice in some parts of Winnipeg have people, especially those with mobility limitations, wondering where the sidewalk-clearing crews are.
It's officially spring in the city, but slippery and snow-covered sidewalks are serving as a hazardous reminder of a winter that never seems to end.
"It's not safe," says Kate Williamson, a second-year student at the University of Winnipeg who lives with cerebral palsy and uses a walker for balance.
"They don't consider people that have physical limitations. Like, I have friends in wheelchairs who literally can't get to where they need to go."
A City of Winnipeg spokesperson told CBC News that sidewalk snow removal along Priority 1 and 2 roads — the major routes — is complete, and crews are currently working on residential sidewalks.
But River Heights-Fort Garry Coun. John Orlikow, who has been calling for a full public review of Winnipeg's snow-clearing operations, says the city just hasn't been doing a good enough job.
"We have a long way to go for improvement," he said.
"I know that it was a harsh year for snow. But, again, that's when you test your system."
Williamson said she just wants the city to imagine what it would be like to be in her situation.
"They don't consider what it would be like if you weren't in an optimum physical situation," she said.