Heated Sidewalks in Winnipeg

Heated Sidewalks in Winnipeg

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Sandro Di Bari started this petition to City of Winnipeg

In Winnipeg it is well known that we deal with snow for a large portion of the year, and that much of our budget in winter is spent on maintaining the ice and snow which builds up on our sidewalks. It's time for the City of Winnipeg to step up and begin installing heated systems for our sidewalks to ease the burden of snow and ice in our city. Now you may be thinking, won't installing heated sidewalks be expensive? Well, yes and no. The initial cost of installing heated sidewalks will be higher than simply repairing a sidewalk, but installing heated sidewalks saves the city money by eliminating the need to salt and plow the snow, and extends the life of our sidewalks by reducing damage caused by frost heave as well as the damage caused by snowplows which maintain them, this will save the city money in the long-run. Heated sidewalks make travelling through our city easier for senior citizens and people with disabilities, as well as every other person making their commute through the city. Heated sidewalks have been implemented in many places across the world already with great success, from Oslo, Norway to the small town of Holland, Michigan in the United States. When these systems were installed, cities saw an uptick in commuters in those areas which help boost tourism, and with the discussion of reopening portage and main picking up, we must consider that if we were to reopen the intersection that people must be comfortable walking around the area and want to be there instead of avoiding it because of ice and snow. It is with this petition that I hope to get Winnipeg to begin installing heating systems whenever sidewalks are in need of repair, then slowly expand as needed. It is time for our city to be forward-thinking like the rest of the world instead of wasting our tax dollars on the same solvable problem each year. I would like to get at least 10,000 signatures to get the city to take note of this amenity, sign today and help make a change!

For information about the benefits you can visit:

https://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/2016/02/why_holland_spends_millions_to.html

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2014-02-01-ct-heated-sidewalks-met-20140201-story.html

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/iceland-has-heated-sidewalks-why-not-edmonton-1.2461361

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