Helping neighbours who could use a hand!
Keeping our sidewalks clear of snow can be a tough task, especially for those who are older or disabled in any way. The City of Port Moody is asking you to assist neighbours who need help removing snow.
Our snow removal bylaw requires that snow and ice be cleared from sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowfall. Keeping the sidewalks clear reduces liability, and is essential for allowing pedestrians and especially those with limited mobility to get around during snow events. For many, shovelling snow is difficult or even dangerous.
*NEW* If the sidewalk bordering your property is a Priority Pedestrian Route (as identified in Schedule A, Bylaw No. 2426), you must remove snow or ice from the walkway by 10am every day (failure to comply may result in daily fines ranging from $100 for a first offence to $500 for a third or subsequent offence).
We're asking you to be a good neighbour!
Consider clearing a neighbour's sidewalks when you do your own. Shoveling snow is great exercise, and you'll be doing your part to make your community a safer place.
To be a good neighbour, all you need to do is shovel snow for a person in need in your neighbourhood. Your efforts will help create a safer community for everyone and will help people meet their responsibility to remove ice and snow from their sidewalks within 24 hours of snowfall.
Please help us by clearing any drains adjacent to your property, especially during melting conditions. Blocked catch basins may result in excess water along the road area, which can become dangerous if it subsequently freezes. Blocked catch basins may result in flooding of adjacent properties depending on the extent of the blockage and the amount of melting snow.
Get the scoop on shoveling with these snow tips
- Use an ergonomic snow shovel with a curved or adjustable handle to make snow removal easier.
- Use the shovel to push snow to one side rather than lifting it. If lifting is necessary, bend your knees to take the strain off your back.
- Cold, tight muscles are prone to injury, so try going for a brisk walk, marching in place or doing any other full body activity before shoveling.
- Pace yourself by removing small amounts of snow frequently instead of removing a large pile all at once.
- Take a 10 or 15 minute break during shovelling and stretch out your arms, shoulders and back to keep them warm and flexible.
- Wear shoes or boots with good treads to minimize the risk of slipping.
- Spread sand, rock salt or kitty litter on your sidewalk or driveway to increase traction and reduce accidents.