19 March 2008

Bike Lane Snowplough in Action

Bike Lane Snowplough
I love our little bike lane snowploughs [okay, it's a whirly brush thingy in this case, but you get the point] that speed along in the early morning after a snowfall.

9 comments:

The Old Man & His Dog said...

We can't even get the streets cleared for cars around here and you have plows for the bike lanes there? That is awesome. We are way behind the times here in the USA. We don't even have bike lanes. How do I relocate to a that fabulous place? I'm tired of fighting traffic, buying expensive cars, paying crazy insurance rates and insane gas prices!

Marrock said...

What about that poor bike tied to the tree there and left all alone in the snow... That's just not right.

crotach said...

I am sending a copy of this photo to our city public works department. Our bike lanes are used for snow storage.

Zakkaliciousness said...

thanks for all your comments.

while it is cool that we have snowploughs for our bike lanes, it's also important to remember that there are so many bikes that if the bike lanes weren't cleared, many people wouldn't ride. That would result in a massive shift of people from the bike lanes onto busses and trains, not to mention cars.

Imagine, wherever you're living, that all of a sudden a couple hundred thousand extra people [those would normally be on their bikes] suddenly appeared at busstops and train stations one morning. wanting to get on board. It would be chaos.

So the snowploughs are a necessity. They keep the city running because they let the people get to work on their bikes.

On this stretch, in the photo, there are 10,000 bikes per day, on average. That's a medium sized artery for bike traffic.

Christina said...

Yes, I remember those little snow ploughs on the streets in Gothenburg too.
I think you can be justifiably proud of your top class facilities for cyclists you have there.
I wish some politicians and councillors here would take a trip over to your lovely city to learn how it's done in Copenhagen and then apply those lessons here.
Heaven knows they go on enough junkets already, another one if they actually achieved something would be worth tax payers money!

Viktor said...

Lovely picture! Happy you are!!! We are just fighting for bicycle lanes in Kyiv...
Soviet car-oriented traditions are too strong, unfortunately.

Zakkaliciousness said...

thanks for commenting.
there are many city council people who visit Copenhagen to study the infrastructure... let's hope some come from where you are, Christina.

Kiev... cool town. I remember it well. It'll come, Viktor.

LAURA said...

where can I buy one (seriously)

Mikael said...

If you mean seriously seriously, Laura, send me an email at copenhagenize [at] gmail [dot] com.