No School? APS Students Helped With Big Dig

Snow Problem is Opportune Moment
Posted on 01/22/2019
Image of Big Dig EventThe Akron Safe Routes to School Team did its annual Big Dig this morning, and the timing was perfect -- well, perfect as far as the weather. But, even with school canceled, APS students came out to assist in the Big Dig. Big Dig is an initiative to address residential snow removal issues by providing public education and shoveling snow around schools, targeting areas that need special attention.

Today at 8 a.m., the Akron Safe Routes to School Team stepped up and shoveled its way around the neighborhood surrounding Findley Community Learning Center. Volunteers provided homeowners with a door hanger that explained the Big Dig initiative and provided some advice for safe winter walking.

Once winter hits, many Akronites who walk to school, work, the bus stop and the grocery store are left out in the cold by people who don't clear snow and ice from the sidewalks in front of their homes. Personal preparation, community education and engagement are the best solutions to walking during the winter months.

Clearing snow from sidewalks in front of Akron homes is more than a civic duty; it's the law. Akron Municipal Code Section 98.01 requires residents to clear sidewalks of snow and ice within 24 hours of the snowfall.

The Akron Safe Routes to School Team is comprised of individuals representing the following organizations: Akron Public Schools, Akron Children's Hospital, City of Akron, Summit Cycling Center and Summit County Public Health.

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