Footways and pedestrians
Advice for pedestrians
Following the severe weather last winter we have been looking at ways in which we can ensure that footways are kept clearer this winter. In continuous severe weather conditions, we will treat footways that we have identified as a priority.
Priority Footway Networks comprise footways which provide:
- Access to/from transport interchanges
- Access to/from main employment centres
- Access to/from main shopping centres; and
- Access on the highway adjacent to main hospitals.
Clearing snow and ice yourself
Find out more about the government's 'snow code' to clarify your rights and responsibilities when clearing snow and ice
from public areas.
Please remember that:
- No footways, cycle tracks or cycleways will receive any precautionary treatment
- When resources permit, treatment of Priority Footway Networks will commence not more than 24 hours after the start of the severe weather event, but only during normal weekday working hours (0800 to 1800)
- Other footways, cycle tracks and cycleways are not included in the County Council's planned winter service and will not receive any precautionary or post salting treatment, with snow clearance considered on a priority basis as and when resources permit
Advice for pedestrians
Follow these top tips to help you stay safe and enjoy walking in a winter wonderland...
- Wrap up warm but make sure you wear brightly coloured or fluorescent clothing as it shows up well in daylight and at dusk and reflective gear after dark to make sure you can be seen in car headlights.
- In cold weather, assume that all wet, dark areas on pavements are slippery and icy. Dew or water vapour can freeze on cold surfaces, forming an extra-thin, nearly invisible layer of ice.
- Wear suitable footwear with good grip - avoid boots or shoes with smooth soles and heels.
- Walk on designated footpaths as much as possible. Taking shortcuts over frozen areas can be dangerous.
- Point your feet out slightly. Spreading your feet out slightly while walking on ice increases your centre of gravity.
- Keep your hands out of your pockets. Hands in your pockets while walking decreases your centre of gravity and balance. You can help break your fall with your hands free if you do start to slip.
In icy and snowy weather, please consider if your journey is necessary before you set off. Always wear appropriate footwear with good grip to help you stay safe when you are out and about.