Man in wheelchair forced into street when sidewalks are not shoveled

SALT LAKE CITY (KSTU) -- The string of storms that hit Salt Lake City in the past week made it tough for people to keep up with shoveling their sidewalks. But for one Salt Lake City man, not shoveling the sidewalk can put his life in danger.

Darrell Boldt drove his wheelchair down the street, as cars whizzed by him on Sunday afternoon.

"I pray that I'm not going to get hit," he said.

He wore a bright-colored safety vest and his wheelchair featured flashing lights to warn traffic. Still, it's not an ideal situation.

"Not all residents or businesses take good care of their sidewalks," he said, as to why he chose to drive in the thick of traffic.

When those un-shoveled sidewalks sit stagnant, covered with snow, for Boldt it means the risk of sliding or getting stuck.

"People have gotten out of their cars and come to help," he said. "I've been rescued a couple times."

That's why he usually opts for the road.

"Just go out in the street, take my chances," he said.

Boldt posted a YouTube video on Sunday, to show his daily commute to from the nearby TRAX station on 2100 South to his home.

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