Cyclists still have to shovel it themselves if they want it done right
The before photo at Manning and Harbord by Tino. Note how the car lanes are quite clear.
After the cyclists have gone in and shoveled it themselves.
Local thorn-in-officials'-side Hamish wrote the city back in January to let them know their poor plowing was leaving cyclists in danger. Rob Burlie, Manager of Road Operations wrote back:
Hamish: we have had salting, ploughing and snow removal crews engaged continuously in the unforseen 14cm snow event since 11:30pm on Friday, January 7th with the snow ending at 11am on Saturday, January 8th. Our level of service for bike lanes is to maintain a 1 metre clear width within 24 to 48 hours after the completion of the snow event. Crews have been actively engaged in bike lane clearing to meet this level of service since 4pm on Saturday, January 8th and we will be finished at the end of this evening's rush hour as parked cars are hampering operations. With the amounts of snow that have fallen back to back, staff are now engaged in priority snow removal with an emphasis on bike lanes on bridges and adjacent to the lane hatchings ie. Dundas east where the snow is being continually dragged out by parked cars and hope to be complete by end of day Wednesday. I have forwarded your list of observed deficiencies to my staff to review and take any necessary action. Thank you.
I wonder if their car lane of level of service is as delayed? I doubt it.
Hi Rob -
I do appreciate that there was more snow than anticipated, and that efforts are being made, and late at night efforts and early in the morning efforts, and in between efforts too. And thanks for those efforts, and to all of those who are doing them.
It's just in having bike lanes, and not somehow managing to keep them as a functional network, despite European centres and likely other winter cities in North Americar doing so, it does seem inadequate, if not entrapment, given that the carcooned have a higher degree of safety than the two-wheeled, and it doesn't take much to deflect a wheel at this time. Could the plows on their first run where there are bike lanes, somehow manage to at least clear .4M into them so at least we have a bit of space? The remnant snow on the roads where cars travel is likely dispelled pretty quickly through the action of the wider car wheels and as friction = heat, and cars are mobile furnaces ie. better means of heating than of mobility, they could perform public service and less private service perhaps without any real increase in risk, and decreasing speeds may make things safer in a winter event.
I'm sure you'd like to have more of Buffalo's approach to snow clearance and cars perhaps. I've heard they really are pretty hard on the storing of private vehicles on public space in their snow events.
Not only do downtowners have to shovel their own sidewalks where the suburbanites get it done by the city, but cyclists have to shovel their own bike lanes.