18 December 2010

Snowploughs Clearing Bike Lanes


I shot this this morning from my flat. Another snowstorm had rolled across the city and, on Saturday morning, there was snow to be removed. About 15 cm. This is, I supppose to the Ultimate Bike Lane Snow Clearance Blogpost.

In the mid-morning these vehicles appeared. They are little busy little wasps, buzzing up and down the street. Because of the amount of snow, there were two of them, working in tandem. First a snowplough, then a sweeper. Up and down the street. It took more than one pass to get all the snow off the bike lanes. They were also clearing the sidewalk on the other side of my street, as it is not a private building that is required to clear the snow themselves, like ours, for example.

But then later in the day, the vehicles were still at it and I saw them clearing the sidewalks where they aren't actually required to do it. Which is very cool. The plough was pushing the snow onto the bike lane and then the sweeper pushed it very into the parked cars.

5 comments:

Kim said...

Just for contrast, this is a cycle lane in Edinburgh. :-(

Kim said...

Ops, something missing, try again...

Just for contrast, this is a cycle lane in Edinburgh. :-(

Doug said...

Kim, looks like Edinburgh has the same people clearing the roads as we have in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Here the bike lanes are simply a useful place to pile all the extra snow. Fortunately no snow yet but I am sure our bike lanes will soon look just like yours.

Alexa said...

Well, at least you HAVE bike lanes. When people ask me when I stop cycling in the winter, I say when the roads get too clogged with snow and there's no room for bikes to get out of the way of the cars. Sometimes it takes until April for the last of the icy accumulation to melt. Luckily, no snow yet.

asitc said...

what is the music?