According to Municipal Code of Indianapolis(Sec. 431-106) property owners and occupants are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice.
Many people rely on walking and transit as their primary way to get around, and without a wide, clear path through snow and ice, it is especially difficult for people with disabilities, seniors, and children to walk safely. We are all pedestrians and benefit from having a safe, clear, and continuous path to travel.
If the snow stops falling after 7 p.m. you have until 9 a.m. the next morning to clear the sidewalk.
You should clear a 5-foot-wide path along the sidewalk, where conditions allow. This width allows pedestrians in wheelchairs, people with children in strollers, students walking to school, and individuals with assistive devices mobility and access.
Individuals and businesses who do not comply with the sidewalk snow removal ordinance can face fines of $50. Report violations to the Mayor's Action Center through RequestIndy or by calling (317) 327-4622.
As a property owner, while you may be physically unable to clear snow and ice from your sidewalk yourself, it is still your responsibility to ensure that sidewalks along your property are cleared. Consider hiring a contractor, asking a neighbor to help, or contacting 2-1-1 for assistance.
Indy Snow Force’s mission is to keep the City’s streets passable and safe for driving. As a result of plowing, snow from travel lanes may be thrown in sidewalks and yards. If a property owner has made every effort to clear his or her sidewalk in accordance with the Code, that property owner will be considered in compliance. Snow thrown from a plow truck onto the sidewalk will not result in a property owner being considered in violation of city code.
For most people, snow removal is an expected chore. But, for some, the risk of a heart attack or back injury is a reality. If you are not in good physical condition or have existing heart disease or a personal history of stroke, you are at a higher risk for injury. Snow removal can be especially dangerous if you do not exercise regularly.
The combination of colder temperatures and physical activity increases the workload on the heart. When outdoors in cold weather, you should avoid sudden exertion, like lifting a heavy shovel full of snow or even walking through heavy, wet snow or snow drifts, which can strain your heart.
The most common injuries associated with snow removal include sprains and strains, particularly in the back and shoulders, as well as lacerations and finger amputations. The 2009 US Consumer Product Safety Commission notes the following snow removal statistics:
To help make snow removal safer, follow these tips for safer snow removal.