Winter walking conditions in Winnipeg will be monitored and reported as part of a new program launched on Thursday.
The SureFoot Winter Walking Conditions Bulletin is the first of its kind in the world to make the public aware of winter pedestrian travel conditions within the city on a daily basis. The bulletin will help to reduce slip and fall injuries.
According to the city, more than a third of Winnipeg residents aged 65 years and older — half of those 80 and older — are likely to fall this year. Falls contribute to 2,000 people visiting the hospital on an annual basis, accounting for $164 million in health care spending.
“This is a groundbreaking and valuable new resource in protecting those with mobility issues, especially seniors,” said Councillor Harvey Smith.
The 75-year-old Daniel McIntyre councillor fractured his femur recently in a fall and is the chair of Winnipeg’s Committee for Safety.
“I think anyone in our community who’s slipped on winter ice can appreciate the importance of the service. Before venturing out on a winter day, we encourage Winnipeggers to check the daily walking conditions bulletin and take appropriate precautions.”
The bulletin will be available at SureFoot.org, by calling 311, or visiting the city’s website and social media pages.