We sent a letter and gave live testimony this week at a City Council committee hearing on sidewalk snow clearance (more background from Streetsblog Mass). Our full comment letter is below, you can also watch the entire 2+ hour video, or just jump to City Councillor Matt O’Malley’s shout-out to WalkUP Roslindale or WalkUP Roslindale member Matt Lawlor’s testimony toward the end of the hearing. In brief, sidewalk snow clearance is critical to better walkability in Boston and our current system is completely broken. Read on for more.
Predictions on snow totals for our part of the world have been a bit all over the map, but it seems at least more likely than not that, by tomorrow at some point, we will get the 4″ of snow needed to invoke the Collaborative. Stay tuned and if you’re interested in helping us dig out a couple of key areas in the neighborhood once the snow has stopped flying, go ahead and log in your information. We’d love to have you join us!
Friends,based on Boston Yeti’s latest observed movements, it looks like we will be called once more to rise up and clear snow for our neighbors come Thursday morning. Stay tuned here for more details as the storm event unfolds in the next 24+ hours. In the meantime, be safe and keep on keeping on, just like the Yeti.
Yours truly, The WUR Management.
Will you join us?
WalkUP Roslindale is looking to organize a collaborative group of neighbors who will help us clear snow from a handful of our neighborhood’s key bus stops whenever we have more than 4″ of snow this winter.
As we all know, snow clearance is often an issue at bus stops throughout the region. That doesn’t mean we should ignore it and hope that our seniors, young people, and everyone in between miraculously manage to safely board their buses at stops rendered unsafe by snow and ice.
The key bus stops we’re proposing to focus on this winter are:
- Cummins Hwy @ Hyde Park Av/30 & 14 toward Mattapan/Hyde Park
- Cummins Hwy @ Hyde Park Av/30 toward Roslindale
- Hyde Park Av @ Cummins Hwy/34 toward Hyde Park
- Hyde Park Av @ Cummins Hwy/34 toward Forest Hills
- Belgrade Av @ Robert/Multiple outbound buses
- Washington St @ Cummins Hwy/Multiple inbound buses
That breaks down geographically into 2 collaborative teams – one in Roslindale Square and one at the intersection of Hyde Park Avenue and Cummins Highway. Rob Guptill (email: email@example.com) has volunteered to be the team coordinator for the Roslindale Square group and Matt Lawlor (your correspondent, email: firstname.lastname@example.org) has volunteered to be the team coordinator for HP/Cummins. The plan is to blast a call to snowshoveling arms over our email list and social media accounts whenever we make the call for the collaborative teams to shovel the following morning. That said, both Rob and I would love to hear directly at the email addresses above from anyone who is interested in helping us provide this important service to our neighbors so we can be sure of a core group of ready and willing collaborators. We would love your support for this effort!!