But unfortunately, these streets were not!
Saturday afternoon, we walked to an apartment viewing. I knew it was less than a mile away, and the streets were in no condition for biking (for those of us without studded tires), so we laced up our boots and began the trek. Unfortunately, the most direct route took us down a major arterial with lots of businesses.
I expected unshoveled sidewalks. What I didn’t expect were the mounds of piled-up dirty snow and ice we encountered every time we came to the driveway to one of these businesses*. The snow plows did a great job of clearing the streets and parking lots for drivers, with no regard whatsoever to any other users or means of transportation. And we were not the only ones navigating the obstacle course, as a major bus route runs along this street, which means more pedestrians.
Despite the less than ideal walking conditions, I’m glad we opted to walk. The apartment was another bust, which just made me extra glad we didn’t waste gas driving. After viewing the apartment, we ventured just a bit further and had a lovely, snowy walk in Tower Grove Park — a great way to redeem the outing :)
* I don’t have photo evidence of the snow “removal” transgressions, but if there’s snow where you are, just look around when you’re out and about — I’m sure you’ll notice plenty of examples — especially if you’re out on foot!