Active Transportation in Winter Weather
This year's snowy weather has prompted discussion amongst pedestrians and cyclists about the way we design and clear our travel routes for winter:
Stephen Buckley, General Manager of Transportation Services, wrote a letter to Toronto's cyclists explaining the city's efforts to keep bike lanes clear of snow. In his letter, he explains some of the unique challenges to maintaining clear bike routes, such as the lack of sun exposure on the south edge of streets, and the dragging of snow across the lanes by other traffic.
Cycle Toronto responded to Stephen Buckley's letter, emphasizing three particular concerns facing cyclists during winter, and issued six recommendations to improve winter cycling conditions. Among them was the recommendation for a network of snow routes for cyclists.
In Spacing, Dylan Reid wrote about the city's new snow clearing standards that, once in effect two winters from now, will see the sidewalks on Toronto's main streets in the old city cleared of snow. Reid points out that the next step is to address concerns of snow ploughing on residential sidewalks downtown, where it is up to residents to clear their own sidewalks.
Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, This Old City has compiled a series of photos to demonstrate what snow can teach us about public space and traffic improvements. With photos, they illustrate how snow marks the space in a roadway that is not used by cars, and propose how that space could be better used.
Posted On: February 20, 2014