Pedestrians and bus riders battle snow piles on sidewalks not shoveled

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It’s a sight we see every winter — sidewalks covered in snow and not shoveled.  With this much white stuff on the ground this time, the problems are piling up and proving dangerous for pedestrians and IndyGo passengers.

Marcya Hill-Brown had to walk on the street just to get to her bus stop.

“You have to walk on the opposite direction so they can see you. I’m dressing all black too,” said Hill-Brown. “I have nice boots so I can get through them, but I feel bad for the elderly and little kids.”

During the day, Fox 59 saw many walking in the street right alongside traffic. Other IndyGo riders are standing on snow mounds hoping bus drivers will see them.

“We’re doing our best to clear away some of the high priority stops downtown. We’ve had crews down there multiple times,” said Bryan Luellen of IndyGo. “We’ve also prioritized areas where wheelchairs use a lot.”

Luellen says IndyGo does not have the capacity to clean up every bus stop. It’s ultimately up to homeowners and business to do their job to pave the way.

Days after this storm, Marcya said many are not getting the message.

“If they’re not open, they’re not going to worry about this,” she said.

According to city ordinance, anyone who does not shovel their sidewalks could be fined up to $50.

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