02 February 2010

Enter The Snow Slinger of Copenhagen

They call it the Snow Slinger and it's the City of Copenhagen's bad boy for clearing the drifts of snow that form along the curb between the bike lanes and the streets. As mentioned before, the bicycle infrastructure enjoys the highest priority in Copenhagen. They are salted in advance of snowfall and they are cleared first when the snow falls. There are rules regarding snow clearance. The City takes care of the bicycle lanes and streets while home owners and businesses must keep their sidewalks clear. The latter are not allowed to shovel the snow onto the bicycle lanes/tracks. In cases of heavy snowfall they pile up the snow along the edge of the curb - as visible in the above photo, at right. When the snowploughs dedicated to the bicycle lanes remove snow they push it to the edge of the curb towards the street or into the gutter. The snow on the street is pushed towards the curb, but not onto the bicycle lanes. Poster Prototype 02 This photo, taken out of my window last week before the big dumps of snow, shows how the sidewalks, bike lanes and roads are cleared and where the snow ends up. The bike lane snowploughs carve a 1.5 metre path, which isn't the full width, but enough for overtaking. Anyway, the drifts from all the pushing snow out of the way are high in places and frozen solid to boot. Removing this snow is the task at the moment - although another snowstorm is expected to hit Copenhagen this afternoon with another 10-15 cm to add to the 25 cm on the ground. Here's a little film of the news report about The Snow Slinger on TV2's national news broadcast yesterday. Click on the the link for the piece about the Slinger in it's original form, in Danish. It's at 10:00 into the broadcast. I just added music to the above film. The Snow Slinger rolls along eating up the snow drifts and spitting the snow into a truck driving next to it. It can fill that truck in 5 minutes. After it's gone the bike lanes are free of the frozen drifts on the edges, making it easier and safer to cycle as well as to get in and out of your parked car. If you have one. Screengrab from TV2 Nyhederne.


Angry Expat said...

They barely cleaned the bicycle paths in my town. If they want me to bike to school, then clean the damn paths!

lagatta à montréal said...

You have more snow than we do right now, and it isn't just a quirk. This is very unusual. The rue Rachel path and la piste Claire-Morrissette (boulevard de Maisonneuve, downtown) have been kept ploughed, but alas not the ones in my district. Quite a few people are cycling though.

Angry Expat, where do you live?

2whls3spds said...

Around here they just push into the way of pedestrians and cyclists...sigh the saga of being a second class citizen to the motorist.

BTW I live where a winter weather "event" is only a couple of times a year. I just wait for the stuff to melt prior to venturing out.


Angry Expat said...

Lagatta: I'm originally from Montreal. I live in south of Zealand. I think I need to import a couple of snow removal trucks to DK :p

kfg said...

"City of Copenhagen's bad boy"

Awwwwwwww, look at the li'l baby snowblower. It's so cuuuuute! :)