The Great Traverse City Shovel Experiment

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After a successful first year, we’re excited to bring back The Great Traverse City Shovel Experiment. This crowd sourced, grassroots effort to keep crosswalk curb cuts clear during the winter by pairing awesome people with shovels to an adopted intersection in their neighborhood or near their workplace.

Why are we doing this? 

The City 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. The Great TC Shovel Experiment aims to keep all residents and visitors to Traverse City walking during our coldest months. Especially those who rely on a clear sidewalk network for transportation – like kids walking to school!


How does it work?

Awesome people with shovels adopt an intersection in their neighborhood and then pledge to keep its four curb cuts clear all winter long. See a spot – say, a bridge or a BATA bus stop – that needs some shovel love too? Adopt it! Shovelers will in return receive heaps and heaps of praise and gratitude as well as mucho high fives.

Sign up for an intersection here:

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Current 2018 map of adopted intersections (bridges and BATA bus stops too)



And don’t forget to clear your own sidewalk!



Norte is working hard to encourage and empower people of all ages and abilities in Traverse City to keep walking and biking during our coldest months but we need help. Lots of help. Learn more about our winter programs and events HERE.