The Great Northern Michigan Shovel Experiment

After three successful years, we’re excited to bring back The Great Northern Michigan Shovel Experiment.

This crowd-sourced, grassroots effort aims to keep curb cuts, bus stops, pedestrian bridges, and fire hydrants clear during the winter while also raising awareness that shoveling your sidewalk is both awesome and (in many communities) the law.

By pledging to keep their sidewalk and nearby fire hydrants clear all winter and pairing awesome people with shovels to an adopted intersection in their neighborhood or near their workplace, this project is about neighbors helping neighbors keep moving during our coldest months.

The region is improving its efforts to clear sidewalks in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, despite improved sidewalk clearing, intersection curb cuts often become barricades when the street plow comes by after the sidewalk plow. This makes the intersection impassable for people like Jeanne who use a wheelchair.

How does it work?

  1. Pledge below to keep your residential or business sidewalk and/or fire hydrant clear.
  2. If able, adopt an intersection, a pedestrian bridge, bus stop, and/or fire hydrant near your home or workplace.
  3. Receive heaps and heaps of praise and gratitude as well as mucho high fives for being awesome.

No shovel? No problem. Our friends at Northern Building Supply have generously donated a few shovels for neighbors in need. Swing by the Norte winter nest at 1610 S. Barlow 9-5pm weekdays to pick one up. 231-883-2404.

Northern Building Supply will also have these shovels for sale at their store. For every shovel sold a portion of the proceeds will go to Norte.

Take the pledge to keep your sidewalk clear (and if able, adopt an intersection, bus stop, pedestrian bridge or fire hydrant) here:

  • Optional but awesome. Please be specific ie. Oak & 6th intersection, Water Street & Front bus stop, Cass Street bridge.



The 2019/2020 Northern Michigan Shovel Experiment map:

Clearing your sidewalk is both awesome and the law.