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Winter commuting in Ottawa comes with a hefty price tag

A recent article from the Ottawa Citizen caught our eye:

Plowing bike lanes and paths to make winter commuting by bicycle more appealing is a priority for the city, but at a cost it’s not quite ready to pay.

The $200,000-a-year price tag to scrape clean an additional 16 kilometres of pavement all winter puts the city government in a Catch-22: Winter biking is difficult on snowy, slushy, icy roads, so not all that many people do it. But because not all that many people do it, it’s hard to justify the expense of making it easier.

Read the full article by clicking here.

they even plow the bike paths and pedestrian walkways ;)
(photo by Brian Kusler)

I have heard tales that Minneapolis plows some of their bike paths BEFORE the roads…I don’t know if this is true, but I’d sure love to hear from folks who live in areas where it is really snowy: What does YOUR city do to keep bicyclists on the roads once the icy curtain comes down?

I imagine it is a large expense everywhere, not just in Ottawa, to keep the lanes and paths cleared of snow…and I do know that where I live, which has over 330 miles of connected paved bike trails, those trails are at the mercy of Mother Nature and do NOT get plowed.