Snow-clogged sidewalks force wheelchair user onto roadways
'I don't want to stay home until spring'
"Look at the sidewalks," Mark Mould told CBC News after he was seen moving down the middle of a busy downtown Regina street. "They cleared around here, but everything else is covered with thick snow."
Mould said sidewalks are impassable and the only clear routes for him are dangerous roadways.
"[I] hope they're paying attention when they're driving behind me," Mould said about his venturing into territory dominated by cars and trucks. "Getting hit by a car is not my favourite thing to do."
Mould was trying to make his way home from a downtown shopping mall.
He told CBC News that even if sidewalks are kept clean, mounds of snow are often piled up at either end, making it impossible for him to cross the street from one cleared sidewalk to the next.
"See that one there? You try to get up on that sidewalk. It's not going to happen," Mould said.
He said he contacted city hall asking for help, but was told there was nothing anyone could do.
"And they say, 'Ah, well, there's so much sidewalk to do, we can't do it all.' So they don't do any," Mould recounted. It's a situation that has him dreading Saskatchewan's many months of winter.
"It's terrible," Mould said. "Winter's a terrible time of year."
Mould's story was shared with Pat Fiacco, Regina's mayor, who told CBC News the city is faced with challenges after it snows.
"It's the winter conditions," Fiacco replied when asked about the situation. "If we can find a way to improve that, we'll certainly do that."
Mould said something needs to be done, but he's concerned the issue will be forgotten in a few months.
"They're waiting for spring," Mould said. "I don't want to stay home until spring. Do you blame me?"
City officials told CBC News there is no bylaw requiring property owners to clear sidewalks, but they said most people do make some effort.