Mobility challenged Vancouverites struggle with icy aftermath of Tuesday snow

The beauty of Vancouver’s first major snowfall of the season has been well documented on social media — but the ensuing cold snap is proving treacherous for Vancouverites with mobility issues.

Wet snow on Tuesday gave way to rain in the afternoon, but temperatures dropped overnight, resulting in icy streets and sidewalks on Wednesday, particularly in places that hadn’t been cleared of snow on Tuesday.

Colleen McGuinness, the chair of the City of Vancouver’s seniors advisory committee, says failure to clear that snow in a timely manner has led to sidewalks and curb cuts that are almost impassable for some seniors and other people with mobility challenges.

“Nobody wants to own those, and yet, they’re absolutely vital,” McGuinness said.

“If they aren’t cleared, it just makes it impossible for someone like myself to get out, even — let alone into a store.”

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