Accessibility on Minnesota sidewalks in winter conditions

a person snowblows a sidewalk
A person snowblows a sidewalk in Brainerd, Minn., on Dec. 27, 2021.
Kirsti Marohn | MPR News

Have you heard about the Minnesota Shuffle? It’s not the latest dance fad – it’s that slow, careful, determined walk we all do when we’re paying close attention to not falling down because of hazardous conditions on the sidewalk.

For some people, getting around in winter is a hassle. For others, it’s downright impossible. 

In Duluth, an effort is underway to increase accessibility in the winter for everyone trying to get around, particularly those for whom walking is a challenge. What’s the strategy and the goal? Can it be reproduced in other parts of the state? What can we learn about how our cities and towns function from the people who need help navigating during the winter? 

On Friday, host Angela Davis spoke with two Duluth residents and accessibility advocates about navigating the far north during the deep cold. 


  • Amanda Crosby is a member of the Duluth Commission on Disabilities and a Sidewalk Assistance Program volunteer.

  • Kate Van Daele is the public information officer for the city of Duluth.

Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

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