My scoutmaster liked to tell the story of Col. George A. Taylor, the U.S. Army officer who arrived on Omaha Beach in a later wave. Finding a group of shell-shocked men, he yelled at them "There are two kinds of people who are staying on this beach: those who are dead and those who are going to die. Now let’s get the hell out of here." Which was my scoutmaster's way of saying that in the end, you usually have to get up off your ass and save yourself. To that end I am informally organizing a region-wide bike facility dig out.
Here's how it will work. At 10:30am on Saturday morning I'm going to take my shovel to a bad spot on my bike commute (specifically the western approach to the north bike/ped lane on the Sousa Bridge. The path along the bridge is clear, but this approach, oddly, is not) and I'm going to spend 30 minutes digging it out. I'm inviting anyone who wants to put a dent in their bike commute to go out to their "bad spot" at the same time. Maybe you'll find someone else there with a shovel too. Maybe you can work together. Maybe you'll become friends and compete together on The Amazing Race (if that show is still on TV). Maybe you want to organize a more formal dig out of a facility - like the unplowed Mount Vernon Trail above. If so, let me know and I'll advertise it here. Or just leave in the comments the place you plan to go to and when and maybe things will organize more organically.
Maybe your bike commute has zero ice and lots of unicorns riding rainbows, but you're a swell person and you like shoveling snow so you would go to a more formally organized dig if you just knew where to go. Look to the comments I say.
[Technically I believe it is illegal to do work for the government for free, but I'm a rebel and yes, I am inciting other to break the law. That's how I roll, which is why I'm a perfect partner for your Amazing Race team.]
By the way, I'm not saying "Stop complaining and do something." I'm saying "keep complaining and do something." Perhaps with shame-inducing photos which you post to Twitter or snapblog or instaface or whatever it is the kids are using these days. Maybe include a witty hashtag like #lawbreakingshoveling or something.
For his bravery at Omaha, Taylor earned the Distinguished Service Cross. For your service, you will earn a cup of hot cocoa, (which you will have to provide).