SnowBuddy is a unique nonprofit sidewalk snow removal service run like a public radio station. It provides its service for free to an entire area and is supported by donations.
Instead of dividing walkways into segments assigned to property owners, SnowBuddy sees the sidewalk as a continuous right-of-way, a transportation corridor most appropriately maintained in its entirety, using municipal-quality equipment, as a service to the community.
It’s an approach that finally meets the needs of both homeowners and users of the sidewalk.
At the same time, SnowBuddy aims to question whether city government might be best positioned to perform this service and, if so, whether it might be persuaded through reasons of compassion, politics or law to maintain the winter accessibility of its non-motorized pathways.