I believe that the letter writer in last week’s Standard (‘The road should be less travelled’) might have missed the point when it comes to people walking on the road.
Like most pedestrians, I know that you are supposed to walk on the sidewalk. But, like a lot of people I get frustrated in the winter when the sidewalk is unable to be used, because it’s buried under a foot-and-half of ice and snow. Most times, people at least move for traffic. Unless it’s kids, half the time they seem so entitled that they actually walk towards cars. Not a care in the world and not a brain in their heads.
I know that most townships have a little plow that they use to plow sidewalks when it’s on property that they own. Does that seem a little short sighted to anyone else?
Why is it only on their property that the township will bother to clear the sidewalk? Couldn’t they buy another plow or two and pay some guys (minimum wage, someone will work for it) to clear all of the sidewalks, not just the ones that might get the township sued.
Years ago, the streets used to be cleared by regular people, and the problems existed on roads then that exist on sidewalks now, namely that they didn’t get cleared for days, weeks, maybe even months at a time. Times change, now we have snowplows. And some of the best around in my opinion, are right here in Uxbridge.
We hear about global warming all the time, and have for years. Isn’t it time that the township finally takes a step forward to actually get people to stop using their cars, and clears the sidewalk. After all, they’re both meant to move people, the only difference is that the sidewalk does it with a lot less pollution.