During our chilly 6 miler this morning, I stopped to appreciate something I’ve begun to take for granted here in Boulder: every single sidewalk we ran on was shoveled and clear of snow.
In Boulder County, there’s a law (Chapter 8-2-13) that states that all private owners, lessees’ leasing the premises, managers, or adult occupants must clear all public sidewalks and walkways adjacent to their homes (aka, the sidewalk in front of their house). It states that you have to clear the entire sidewalk within 24 hrs (or by 12:00 noon the following day) of the snow fall, under penalty of law.
Basically, if you live in a house, you gotta shovel your sidewalks ON the day it snows (or, by the next morning before you leave for work).
Now, I’ve lived in a bunch of different towns/cities all over the US and I’ve never experienced such a law. Some people think it’s pretty extreme and crazy. It certainly is high maintenance. Some complain that, well, what if it snows for 10 days straight? Do you have to shovel every single day? Ugh, that doesn’t sound fun. What if you go on vacation for 2 weeks and it blizzards while you’re away?
Fortunately for me, I live in this awesome condo complex (we rent) where maintenance takes care of every little thing, including shoveling. It’s fantastic.
I have to say that I really appreciate the notion, though, as much as it probably is a huge hassle and pain for home owners/renters. I love that in the winter here, I can leave my home and run on virtually any sidewalk in town, without slipping on ice/running through mounds of chunky snow/fearing for sprained ankles.
Does your town have a law like this? If not, do you shovel your sidewalks every time it snows? What do you think about this law?