The City of Vancouver is preparing for its winter weather response and they’re also encouraging residents to take time to do the same.
As seen in previous years, the city always struggles with winter conditions and the streets turn into an absolute mess.
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“At the City, we operate 24 hours a day. By working with a meteorologist to give us specific weather reports for Vancouver, we are able to staff up when we get notice that the weather is changing,” says Jerry Dobrovolny, General Manager of Engineering Services.
“When it snows, our priority is ensuring main arterials and bus routes are kept clear, to keep streets safe for all users”.
“This year, many of our John Deere mowers will be equipped with snow brushes and salt spreaders so our staff can easily remove snow from sidewalks, paths, the seawall, and parking lots” says Dobrovolny.
In a public statement, the City reports it “has a comprehensive snow response plan built into its operational procedures” that will focus on:
- Major roads
- Bus routes
- Emergency access routes (including five major hospitals and two health care facilities)
- School routes
- 15 most-used bike routes
- Sidewalks around schools and hospitals
- Bus stops
- Arterial corner ramps
- Community centres and destination parks
How You Can Prepare For Winter
The city advises all residents secure the following items before the winter weather rolls in:
- Snow boots
- Winter tires