January 14, 2015

New Safe Sidewalks Campaign Launched

Joining Leggett for the campaign announcement on the steps of the County Council Office Building in Rockville were Councilmembers Nancy Floreen, Hans Riemer and Sidney Katz.

A Safe Sidewalks initiative designed to remind residents they are required by law to clear sidewalks in front of, and alongside, their properties within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm has been introduced by County Executive Ike Leggett.

All single-family households in the County received a mailer from the Office of Public Information and the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The campaign also will include bus signs, posters, blow-up signs in County libraries and recreational centers, outreach to civic associations and community organizations, and social media.

The County has also rolled out a comprehensive new website -- www.montgomerycountymd.gov/safesidewalks – that includes the County law on sidewalks, details about the slightly different requirements in some municipalities and a “Frequently Asked Questions” section.


  1. Not all households received notification flyers--many of my colleagues on Montgomery County's Commission on People with Disabilities did not receive this flyer. A number of folks were disappointed that this was a missed opportunity to be inclusive of those with disabilities who may not be able to shovel their own walks. We would have liked to have joined the elderly and kids highlighted on the shovels. Yes, the flyer did mention the vulnerable, but explicitly highlighting those with disabilities would have helped us feel more visible. Hilary A. Kaplan, Silver Spring

  2. Thanks for your comment. Sorry you didn’t receive the flyer in the mail. We sent it to all single-family household homes in the County. Thanks, too, for the suggestions. We’ll look to find ways to incorporate persons with disabilities as the campaign progresses. Please note that we do highlight the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities “Wide Enough for Wheels” leaflet on the Safe Sidewalks website (www.montgomerycountymd.gov/safe sidewalks).


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