Unshoveled snow is ablism, here’s why

I live in Michigan where the weather is great in the summertime but horrible in the winter.

Michigan for me is the worst time of the year. It’s depressing and hard to get around on those snow days when there are 4 to 6 inches of snow.

So, what happens when the streets get 4 to 6 inches? It gets plowed, shoveled, and salted.

One would hope that the same is done on the sidewalk, right? Not totally. Like the ablest world, we live in the sidewalks get half-ass done.

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, let me just say why shouldn’t we treat the sidewalk like streets? Okay, let me explain further.

People who use wheelchairs like me use the sidewalk quite frequently to get around. It’s like a street for wheelchairs and bikes.

It’s very important to keep the sidewalks clear and secure at all times so people who not only use wheelchairs can get to their destinations but to use public transportation.

When you’re in a manual wheelchair it’s important to keep the sidewalks clear because pushing a manual wheelchair takes a lot of arm strength that can’t be described. I’ve been in a situation where You’re going through somewhere in the winter and I’m trying to cross the sidewalk but can’t because there’s a huge patch or patches of snow unable or pretty close to it not able to move forward. If you don’t have anti-tip bars on the back of your wheelchair that may cause injury or worst.

Using an electric wheelchair and or a power wheelchair is a lot safer, however, still comes with risks, though minimal still a risk.

The reason why power wheelchairs are safer than manual wheelchairs is that weight is significantly heavier than a manual wheelchair which makes it harder to tip, and if it’s harder to tip then it’s safer to use on curbs.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again wheelchair-bound people use their power wheelchairs like vehicles, in a way they’re made almost like vehicles, and that’s why it’s important to keep the sidewalks clear at all times.

Construction is another thing, one of the things I hate about using my electric wheelchair is dealing with obstacles like construction, only when it’s unnecessary. Mainly because it’s hard to get by.

When it all comes down to it sidewalks should be plowed shoveled and salted just like the roads.

There should be a law for keeping the sidewalks clear.


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