Most importantly, however, is that many sidewalks and walkways have not been properly shoveled and cleared of ice. Walking through less-trafficked neighborhoods is like walking on a frozen pond, and it’s a problem.
For those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to get knocked down and get back up again, the prospect of walking on the treacherous sidewalks - or roads if the sidewalks are too bad - is an annoyance and inconvenience.
But for many New Yorkers, in particular the elderly, an icy sidewalk can mean serious injury or simply the inability to go outside until the slippery stuff melts.
Living in a city that depends so heavily on foot traffic and public transportation means we all have an obligation to protect our neighbors. Be sure to get out as early as you can after a storm to clear the walkways in front of your home or business, and throw down some extra salt.
Perhaps more importantly, if you have an elderly neighbor, do a good deed for the day and shovel them out as well. What is an hour of inconvenience and work for you could be an insurmountable obstacle for someone else. The gesture will not go unnoticed, and we will all be a little safer.