PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A measure is on tap at City Council that would make getting around a world easier for disabled residents when snow arrives this winter. The issue addressed is the path width that residents shovel on their sidewalks.
City Councilwoman Donna Miller says the current city code that requires residents to shovel their sidewalks of snow falls short because they only need to leave a path 30 inches wide:
“Thirty inches are not wide enough for a wheelchair. Those people with physical disabilities that need a wheelchair or any other kind of chair need to be able to get around too when it snows.”
Miller introduced a bill that would increase the minimum width of a shoveled sidewalk path to 36 inches. Advocates for the disabled tell her that’s usually enough for a wheelchair. Miller admits the key to this working would be enforcement by L&I since some resident never shovel or simply leave a path as wide as their shovel.
Reported by: Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio