February 10, 2016 3:37 pm
Updated: February 10, 2016 9:04 pm

WATCH: Slippery sidewalks raises concern for Winnipeg’s visually impaired

WATCH: Global's Adrian Cheung brings you more about the challenges those with sight impairments face with partial snow covered sidewalks.


WINNIPEG — The sidewalks in the middle of winter can be treacherous for any pedestrian. The task is especially challenging for people who are visually impaired.

City crews have been busy clearing the streets after the snowfall over the weekend. But many high-priority sidewalks remain partially covered.

“The big thing is the ice,” said Leonard Furber, regional manager of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan division of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

Furber is visually impaired and said improper clearance and debris makes it especially difficult for the elderly or people who cannot see well.

“There’s always room for improvement and if we can’t tell by the texture of the ice, it can be dangerous,” said Furber.

The City of Winnipeg said it prioritizes street clearing based on traffic and use.

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