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Cycle path snowploughs in Gdansk (Poland)

By Raf Canters / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
The Polish city of Gdansk is prepared for encouraging bicycle commuting this winter. Some 30km of cycle paths will remain passable even on snowy days.
The municipality street maintenance unit called for a tender in mid-October for winter servicing of the city’s bicycle paths. The best offer was chosen in early November. It will see small 2.5-tonne snowplough units removing the snow from cycle routes throughout the coldest months.

The town can only afford to maintain the most popular sections, along main transport corridors. No salt will be used on the bicycle paths as it causes snow mud. Unlike many locations in Western Europe where sweepers are sufficient, for the climate of Gdansk plough share technology has to be used.

Despite the fact that the winter action does not cover all bicycle routes in town, it is still a significant step ahead and proof that the city authorities are taking Gdansk’s cyclists much more seriously.

More information: http://www.zdiz.gda.pl (in Polish)
Source: http://www.trojmiasto.pl (in Polish)
Photo credits: Mikael Colville-Andersen/flickr.com
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