Bike Networks in Extreme Weather

Slippery roads seem for off in June but they are a serious issue to consider in enabling cycling all year round.  Alex Roedoe  a Senior Consultant at Mobycon recently contributed to a study on the treatment of the bicycle network in extreme weather conditions. The study was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Fietsberaad, a Dutch organisation specialising in the dissemination of knowledge about bicycle policy.

The results of this study, undertaken in the Dutch city of Gouda indicate that clearing snow from the bicycle network is not a priority, as the clearing of the car network is, and furthermore a specific plan for clearing the most heavily used bicycle routes has not been developed.  Another finding of this study is that the road bed beneath bicycle infrastructure is shallower than that below roads for cars.  Because of the shallower bed, bicycle infrastructure becomes icy more quickly and requires treatment at temperatures where it is unnecessary on roads for cars.   Although progress has been made in the last 20 years, when only roads for cars were being cleared of snow, the study illustrates there is still inequity between the treatment of infrastructure for bikes versus cars.

For more information about this study, contact Alex  directly.  The full report is available (in Dutch) on the website of Fietsberaad.

Alex is a senior consultant specializing in the areas of traffic and transport.


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