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Better snowclearing of Centennial Bikeway coming next winter

Icy sidewalk in downtown.
Icy walkway in Burlington’s downtown.

Council has approved enhanced snow clearing on the Centennial Bikeway, Beachway and North Hydro Corridor, through the addition of one contracted unit at an annual cost of $48,000.

Residents use these paths to get to school, work or the downtown throughout the winter, often more than adjacent sidewalks. They have been requesting better snow clearing in these areas as a result.

Under the old policy, paths and trails were cleared last after roads and sidewalks, and only during regular business hours. Often by the time crews reached the paths, they were already packed down and icy by the volume of walkers. The additional unit will allow our crews to get out sooner.

Resources:

Read the staff report here

My Take: I support better snow clearing as a way to encourage walking and cycling on the paths all year round. Many residents contacted me to request better service and I’m pleased council has delivered.

Your Take: Are there other steps council can take to improve snow clearing? Leave a comment below.

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Better snowclearing of Centennial Bikeway coming next winter
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Better snowclearing of Centennial Bikeway coming next winter
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Council has approved enhanced snow clearing on Burlington's Centennial Bikeway, Beachway and North Hydro Corridor
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Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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  1. I would like to see the city get a couple of brushes that would replace the plows for the cleaning of the sidewalk when the snow is lite. They use them in Hamilton and they do a lot better job than the regular plows.

  2. Your concerned about better snow clearing of Centennial Bikeway. How about PROPER snow clearing of city sidewalks 1ST!!! Most of the time the characters who are driving the machines that are supposedly clearing the snow from our sidewalks do a LOUSY job. Maybe its because the city dose not have enough equipment or manpower to do the job. I don’t know, what is apparent is that the people doing the job now seem to rush through it as fast as possible & in the process tear up lawns and miss the sidewalks completely at times making one think they had never done the job before in their lives. This is especially true where I live on Deyncourt Drive as we have curb facing sidewalks. Most of us clear our own snow because the city cause & have caused too much damage. As well, the job done on Brant St between Fairview & Caroline this past year was pathetic!

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