Boulder: Will You Please Plow My Street?

January 6, 2015 at 7:59 PM Leave a comment

Dear Boulder, Colorado City Government:

Melanie here.  I live on Hartford Drive between Darley and Emerson in South Boulder.  I’m 62-years-old and I’m a 40-year resident.

My street has been ice-covered since the snow began falling on Christmas, almost three weeks ago.  Yeah, I know, the city’s philosophy is that the sun will melt the side streets so we only plow the main roads but increasingly that isn’t happening.  (Maybe it’s time to rethink that policy because:  Climate Change?)  I recall stretches of cold, snowy, cloudy weather over the last year or two that made getting around on side streets and sidewalks pretty darn treacherous.

I love and agree with encouraging biking and walking — I dig the new pedestrian underpass that’s slated to be built just east of Broadway on Baseline — but when you don’t plow neighborhood streets or enforce the code requiring people to shovel their sidewalks 24-hours after the last snow, my enthusiasm falls flat and your hypocrisy slaps me in the face.  I’m a pedestrian and I want safety too.  I want to be able to safely walk around the dang block.

Suffice it to say that my family situation is such that I have serious familial responsibilities that make me very afraid of slipping when I walk my two dogs (which I would like to do twice a day) or take my three-mile “speed walk” up to Shanahan Ridge (which I would like to do once a day).  If I became temporarily disabled my life would be disrupted beyond belief.  I would have to hire a dog walker and people to take care of a loved one who I’m responsible for.  I keep my loved one and my two dogs going.  I.  Can’t.  Get.  Hurt.  Not only that, I’m on a fixed income now; paddling to stay afloat in a town I love and in which my family and I once thrived.

Hey, life happens.

It would be great if you’d plow my street and make it so people in my neighborhood shovel their sidewalks. I want to be able to walk around without being terrified.

The disconnect between the way you view and treat commuter cyclists and walkers and neighborhood cyclists and walkers is stark and disturbing.  You want people to get out of their cars (as do I) but you make it so hard for we the unglamorous, seemingly invisable residents who want to do just that.

BTW, this is a photo of my street as of 5:03 p.m. today, as I write:

Street 1-6-15

Hartford Drive between Darley and Emerson, Boulder, Colorado 1-6-15 / 5:03 p.m.

 

The National Weather Service/Boulder predicts freezing drizzle tonight making for “icy road conditions” tomorrow.  Add freezing drizzle to the photo above and a high of 29º on Wednesday,

Forecast oas of 1-6-15

and I guess I’ll hope (fingers, eyes, arms and legs crossed) that the sun on Thursday melts everything before that fun Friday temp happens.

Come on.  We need some relief out here.

Thanks.

Melanie

 

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