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You’ve heard of train trackers and bus trackers. Today, the Mayor announced the launch of a snowplow tracker, part of a new City website focused entirely on snow: ChicagoShovels.org.
From snowplow tracking to shovel sharing, ChicagoShovels.org is designed to help Chicagoans work together in the midst of winter weather as well as keep track of how the City is taking care of its responsibilities in the streets.
“ChicagoShovels.org is an important resource that not only informs Chicagoans about how they can help their neighbors and allows them to see the City’s snow program in action during severe weather,” said Mayor Emanuel at a press conference.
During major snow cleanup efforts, the City will activate the “Plow Tracker” map, allowing the public to see in real-time the progress of City snow plows and make snow removal efforts more transparent.
Just as important is the "Adopt-A-Sidewalk" feature, which allows people to "claim" a sidewalk to shovel near their home or business on an interactive map. Over time, you can see who is shoveling where, connect with neighbors, even share shovels or snowblowers to keep the sidewalks clear.
ChicagoShovels.org brings together City and public resources to provide a platform for residents and businesses to organize and participate in snow removal block by block, right in their own neighborhoods:
Last winter we saw how people came together to help their neighbors and share resources and information. ChicagoShovels.org is a one-stop shop where people can connect with each other and connect with the City to get the help and information they need for another winter.