How They Keep Bike Lanes Clear in Copenhagen

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We have not had any snow yet in Toronto, so I have not yet had to complain this year about the traditional use of bike lanes for snow storage. Over in Copenhagen, Mikael at Copenhagenize shows how it should be done, with dedicated machines called snow slingers that "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."

The Snow Slinger of Copenhagen from Copenhagenize on Vimeo.

He also explains the rules:

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.

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Here, homeowners and shopkeepers, responsible for the sidewalks in front of homes and businesses just push it into the gutter. The cars are then forced to park on top of the bike lane and often half way into the next lane. If it ever snows in Toronto again, they really should learn from Copenhagen.

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